Fred Durso

Call to action: Demand fire sprinklers in new homes

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Jan 11, 2016


Members of the New York Sprinkler Initiative are seeking help in support of a statewide, sprinkler requirement.

The Initiative has advocated for 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 install sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. Unfortunately, the 2015 IRC was adopted but the sprinkler provision was removed. The Initiative is now gathering support for requiring home fire sprinklers in new townhouses. This would be a first step in assuring these life-saving devices are installed in all new residences statewide.

Please sign and send this letter to Mark Blanke with the New York Department of State's Division of Code Enforcement, urging the Code Council to include sprinklers. (Even if you're not a New York resident, as the letter states, please alter the language to show your support for this endeavor.) Use these talking points when stating your case for fire sprinklers to the public or media.

For additional resources, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy and Awareness Toolkit page created by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.