As previously reported on this blog, a crucial vote took place on a proposal to place a requirement in the International Code Council's (ICC) International Residential Code to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes into the annex of the code's 2018 edition. The proposal would make sprinklers an adoptable option, thereby weakening this provision. ICC members were asked to support or oppose the motion via an online vote, and NFPA urged ICC members to cast a vote in opposition of the proposal.
The IRC Residential Building Code Committee disapproved this proposal--as did voters. The IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition reports that 84 percent of voters opposed the proposal. These numbers showcase a widespread desire to eliminate America's home fire problem via the increased use of home fire sprinklers. Weakening this requirement would be a huge step backward for fire safety.
If a public comment is submitted on this proposal, another online vote will be conducted in November to determine a final outcome. If there are any updates to report, we'll post them to this blog. But for now, let's celebrate this victory.
Many thanks to those who cast a vote in support of fire safety!
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