A South Carolina fire inspector is not keeping quiet after two residential fires claimed the lives of four people over one weekend. Both incidents occurred within South Carolina's Grand Strand section, one at a condo unit and the other at a single-family home. Both structures lacked sprinklers.
"They would have had water flowing," Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Inspector Gary Mocarski recently told WPDE NewsChannel 15. "They would have had a fire sprinkler going off and increase their chances of survival or at least their chances of staying put until they were rescued."
While the state's building code now requires sprinklers in all multi-family homes, that wasn't the case when the condo involved in the recent fire was constructed. Currently, there are no statewide requirements on the books for sprinklering single-family dwellings.
"We cannot--as a community, as a city, as a county--have anything more restrictive than what the state has," says Mocarski. "Nobody can adopt a code that says put fire sprinklers in a residence."
Despite this reality, Mocarski has vowed to continue his push for sprinkler requirements in new homes. Join him in his efforts; learn more about the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition and others throughout the U.S.