According to commentary written by members of the New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a person's death from carbon monoxide poisoning inside a restaurant prompted immediate action. Legislators soon passed a law requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all commercial properties. "This is an excellent example of public officials taking advantage of existing, widely available technologies to improve the public safety," stated David Quinn and Jerry Deluca in their commentary.
They question why home fire sprinklers have not received the same urgency, considering that close to 30 people have already died from home fires in New York this year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Powerful voices from the state's homebuilding industry, they stated, have effectively made this technology seem unnecessary in new homes.
"[The groups comprising the New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative] are constantly striving to reduce the number of fires and fire deaths," stated the authors. "We hold fire prevention classes, inform the public about the benefits of smoke alarms, and hold open houses at fire stations, but there is only so much we can do. Those in power must act to protect the public, and fire sprinklers are unquestionably effective in doing so. How many more people have to die before public safety takes precedent over profit?"
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