During the current code cycle for the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, a number of proposals were submitted to weaken and potentially eliminate the requirement to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. Seen as a crucial component of life safety at home, this requirement has been included in all model building codes for several cycles. It is critical that it remains in the IRC .
We are urging all of our safety advocates to take action in order to keep this requirement in the next edition of the IRC. Certain deadlines are rapidly approaching, so please act quickly:
- Register your jurisdiction as an ICC voting governmental member. If your jurisdiction/fire department is or has been an ICC member, verify that the membership has been renewed and is current. If your jurisdiction/department has not previously been an ICC member, please join today. Renewals and new member applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 18 to be eligible for voting in the 2016 code cycle.
- Designate your voting representatives. Each year, voting governmental member organizations are required to designate authorized voters. Even if you aren’t changing assignments from previous years, you must renew appointments prior to March 18, or you will lose your votes for the upcoming hearing.
- Participate in online voting. Unlike previous code cycles, it is no longer necessary to attend code hearings in person to vote. However, steps one and two above must be completed to have voting eligibility.
Your vote and your voice have the power to protect a requirement that NFPA has proven can reduce the risk of dying in home fires by an outstanding 80 percent. Please don’t delay—take action today.