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Homebuilders take aim at home fire sprinkler proposal

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Sep 15, 2015

FloridaFire sprinkler advocates in Florida probably saw this one coming. 

Last month, a news story highlighted the Floridian town of Estero, which has proposed a sprinkler ordinance for its new homes. This idea followed the success of a new development in Estero that includes 90, fully sprinklered homes. Since the town has a high population of older adults, a group at high risk of dying in home fires, the sprinkler ordinance is seen by safety advocates as a crucial, life-saving measure.

One homebuilder has a vastly different opinion on the proposal. "This devil raised its head in Collier [County, Florida] years ago," Brenda Talbert-Thomas, executive vice president of the Lee Building Industry Association, told the Business Observer. "There are so many reasons not to do this." 

The story adds that Talbert-Thomas will be meeting with city officials about the proposal. 

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Please inform your local homebuilders that fire sprinklers can be good for business. Use these resources from the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, and share these pro-sprinkler homebuilder stories, including NFPA's most recent one of Russ Davis:

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