The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the adoption of the latest edition of the International Residential Building Code (IRC) without amendment.
The New York State Code Council is working to update the residential code and provisions of the IRC, which calls for the installation of residential sprinklers in newly constructed homes or those residences that undergo reconstruction of more than 50 percent of the home. The requirement for residential sprinkler systems has been a provision of the IRC since the 2009 edition; New York currently operates on the 2006 edition.
"Statistics have shown that approximately 85 percent of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home," says NYSAFC executive director Jerry DeLuca. "It has also been proven that the installation of residential sprinkler systems in single and multiple family homes is a highly effective way to prevent the loss of life and property from fire."
"The adoption of the International Residential Code will be a top priority for me and the State Chiefs in 2014 and 2015," says Donald Corkery, NYSAFC 1st vice president. "Adoption of the code will make the governor and all of our state leaders heroes in the eyes of the fire service. Acting to adopt the code will save lives."