Following a house fire in Racine, Wisconsin, this summer that injured three adults and a firefighter, a fire official made a point to underscore the consequences of not building homes to today's standards.
"Older homes such as where this fire occurred are not required to be protected with fire sprinklers," said Dan Gengler, a retired member of the Wisconsin fire service, in a story that appeared in a National Fire Sprinkler Association newsletter. "But the bigger issue is that Wisconsin has failed to adopt the latest national model building codes from NFPA. These requirements are meant to prevent injuries to residents and firefighters."
Since the thousands of homes built in Wisconsin each year lack sprinklers, Gengler labels them "substandard." See what else Gengler has to say on this issue by reading the article.
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