The headlines were horrific:
--The New York Times
--New York Daily News
The March tragedy is an alarming wake-up call about the gravity of home fires. Equally frustrating to members of the New York fire service is the fact that the state's building code hasn't been updated in more than nine years. Advocates have joined forces to urge the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the provision to sprinkler newly constructed one- and two-family homes.
Backing this adoption is the New York Sprinkler Initiative, a recently formed group that consists of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York Fire State Marshals and Inspectors Association, and others.
Also supporting the push for a statewide code update is Edward Rush, fire chief of the Hartsdale Fire Department, who penned an article calling for immediate action. Realistically the seven youngsters who died in the Brooklyn fire would have nevertheless have been lost, mainly because the sprinkler requirement in the 2015 IRC would apply to new buildings only. However, unless we want to read about identical stories 20 years from now, the installation of residential sprinklers in new buildings right now is imperative.
Read the rest of Rush's op-ed for more information.