Set to sunset this year was a law in Hawaii prohibiting counties from adopting requirements for fire sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. According to a Hawaiian news station, the Building Industry Association of Hawaii, the same opponents that pushed for the original law, recently pushed to extend this ban permanently. A legislative bill would have made this permanent prohibition possible.
Instead, the Hawaii State Legislature decided to extend the prohibition by 10 years, now set to expire on June 30, 2027. Hawaiian Governor David Ige recently signed the legislation into law.
Prior to its passage, safety advocates voiced their concerns with new homes unprotected with fire sprinklers, including a fire captain who shared his story of a fire in his own home.
We know that setbacks to adopting fire sprinkler requirements are demoralizing. Even if laws in your region prevent sprinkler requirements, those laws don't prohibit you from staying vocal about fire sprinklers in every new home. Before sprinkler bills are even introduced, start educating your legislators about your town's home fire problem. Link them up with our free resources as a starting point.