This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation requiring prospective tenants to be informed of whether or not a home has a fire sprinkler system. Per the new law, all new leases need to provide, in bold-face type, the dwelling's system or lack thereof.
The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), which recently passed a resolution calling for the full adoption of the International Residential Building Code, commended the governor's action. "This information is especially important as students return to college campuses for the fall semester," says NYSAFC executive director Jerry Deluca. "Parents can sleep a little more soundly knowing their children are protected by a sprinkler system."
Citing the dangers of modern construction materials and home furnishings, NYSAFC hopes New York takes further steps to keep safety at the forefront and adopt legislation requiring sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.