A Canadian community is one step closer toward building safer homes.
Reported by the Winnipeg Free Press, the Council for the Rural Municipality of St. Clements in the Canadian province of Manitoba unanimously approved the second reading of a bylaw that would sprinkler the community's new homes. If the final reading is approved, St. Clements would be the first community in Manitoba with a sprinkler ordinance, reports the paper.
Since the community is situated in a rural area, fire department response times can exceed 13 minutes. A sprinkler's rapid response to fire is why safety advocates there want to see the requirement come to light. "[The sprinkler bylaw] is in the best interests of the municipalities, residents, and, in today's world, the firefighter," Ken Sim, St. Clements director of protective services and former deputy fire chief of Winnipeg, told the paper.
St. Clements would join a handful of other communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia with home sprinkler requirements. "The cost is not unreasonable for what it's going to save if you have a fire in your home," St. Clements Mayor Deborah Fiebelkorn told the paper.
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