Photo by Sarah Thompson
A teary-eyed resident of Rockland, Maine, recently received the keys to her new home, the 29th residence built by Midcoast Maine Habitat for Humanity. What makes this home different than the others is that it's protected by fire sprinklers.
Rockland has an ordinance to sprinkler all of its new homes. Habitat was able to cover the installation costs at the new home by receiving funds from a community development program. In order to secure the grant, "we just had to make the case that [sprinklers are] a health and safety issue," Tia Anderson, Midcoast Maine Habitat for Humanity's executive director, told the Penobscot Bay Pilot.
Safety advocates in other U.S. states have successfully collaborated with their local Habitat for Humanity for similar endeavors. For instance, Orange County, North Carolina, recently welcomed its 150th sprinklered home. A celebration in Austin, Texas, occurred last year following the sprinklering of its 200th Habitat home.
Watch the following video of another sprinkler installation involving a local Habitat for Humanity in Massachusetts: