According to a legislative roundup on NorthJersey.com, the New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill that would require residential sprinklers in one- and two family homes. A similar measure was supported by the full Legislature during its previous session, but it received a last-minute veto from the governor.
Showing its sprinkler support is the township of Little Falls; its city council passed a resolution that supports the sprinkler requirement. "We lose 50 to 60 residents in New Jersey annually in residential home fires, and by my standards, that's too many," Rich Sylvia, member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition and president of the New Jersey Fire Prevention & Protection Association, told NorthJersey.com. "Fire sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses would be a tremendous benefit to homeowners."
Sprinklers also have numerous environmental benefits, adds Silvia. "There is a tremendous difference in the amount of water used by the fire department compared to one or two sprinkler heads," he says. Research confirms that sprinklers help reduce water usage to fight a home by upwards of 90 percent.
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