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A two-year-old girl died this year from a fire in a New York home built two years ago. The event rattled safety advocates nationwide while providing a crystal-clear example of the dangers associated with not adopting current building codes.
"New York hasn't updated its statewide code since 2010, and that adoption was based on 2006 codes," stated Shane Ray, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, in a commentary that appeared on Firehouse.com. "A two-year-old is dead because of the lack of staying current with codes. Fire sprinklers work, and maintaining current codes provides for fire sprinklers and a lot more life safety features that aren’t cherry-picked by politics."
In his commentary, Ray notes that the fire service can be the game-changers who can effectively promote current safety requirements. He tasks this group with making sure working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers become fixtures in all new homes. "If you are building a new home, remodeling your current home, or moving a loved one to college or an assisted living facility, demand fire sprinklers," states Ray. "Make sure the community uses the latest code and that the inspector is inspecting on your behalf. We have to lead by example so we can be role models to our families, our communities, and our country. Don’t let the politics of life safety create 50 more years of unnecessary fire deaths."
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Are you a fire sprinkler supporter? Now is the time to become a fire sprinkler advocate. Please consider joining a state sprinkler coalition and take part in the fire sprinkler movement.
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