Fire sprinklering all of Sin City's new homes could be a reality, if certain safety advocates have their say.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a proposal to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes in Vegas has advanced and will be voted on by Vegas' city council as soon as this month.
"Where the people are dying, where they're affected by fire most, is where we want to concentrate our resources,” Las Vegas Fire Marshal Robert Nolan told a local NBC affiliate. "[Homebuilders] do want to build safe homes. Automakers want to build safe automobiles, but they didn't put seatbelts in cars until they were mandated. They didn't put airbags in cars until they were mandated. The homebuilders put smoke alarms in homes when they were mandated."
NFPA obtained a copy of a 2016 study on residential fire suppression by the University of Las Vegas commissioned by the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department. The report, "Residential Fire Sprinkler Cost Benefit Analysis for the City of Las Vegas (NV) Fire and Rescue," concluded that for a 2,000-square-foot home, the cost benefit analysis placed installation costs for a new tract home in Las Vegas at under a dollar per sprinklered square foot. Fire sprinklers, the study determined, would eventually pay for itself. While listing a series of homebuilder trade-ups that could lower construction costs if fire sprinklers are installed, the report also recommends the town's city council to "immediately pass the ordinance mandating fire suppression for all new, single-family residential home construction."
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