Presented with the facts about fire sprinklers, city council passes ordinance requiring this safety feature in all new homes

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 22, 2016

Washington State residents are celebrating a victory this month after the Camas City Council approved an ordinance to sprinkler the town's new, one- and two-family homes. This town is the first in Southwest Washington to pass such an ordinance and joins a half-dozen others in Washington with a sprinkler requirement. 


Sprinkler opponents in Camas submitted testimony during a public hearing claiming sprinkler installations can exceed $10,000 per home. Safety advocates, however, provided actual costs; Ron Schumacher, fire marshal of the Camas Fire Department, noted that installation in his city hovered between $1.25 and $1.50 per sprinklered square foot. Backing these statements on sprinkler affordability at the hearing was homeowner Mark Sundeth, who paid $2,000 to install sprinklers in his 2,500-square-foot home. "These are not an expensive item to install," Sundeth told the Camas-Washougal Post-Record.


The article also notes that Camas has a high number of sprinkler installations when compared with other areas in the state. "Fire sprinklers are a tool that we've seen work," says Schumacher.