As previously reported on this blog, legislators in the town of La Vergne, Tennessee, took crucial steps to mandate sprinkler installations in new homes. A final decision on the matter in May was cause for celebration.
Through a 4-1 vote by the city's Board of Mayor and Alderman, La Vergne joins other Tennessee towns with home fire sprinkler requirements on the books. La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley lauded the vote to The Daily Journal. "Coming from a firefighter family, I understand what these guys and girls have to go through in having to fight fire and having to pull out bodies of burnt children," she said. "They have seen firsthand what sprinklers can do. I've seen roofs fall on my father as a child."
The local homebuilders association balked at the ruling, arguing that the mandate would halt construction in the town of 33,000 residents. One alderman, Tom Broeker, countered this argument by telling The Daily Journal that studies confirm that sprinklers won't negatively impact housing construction and will result in lower insurance costs.
"If it saves one person, it's worth it," added Mosley. "I'm very proud of this board and the ones who voted for it."