Praised by local fire safety advocates, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed into law a bill allowing plumbers to install home fire sprinklers. The legislation's intent is to broaden the number of certified individuals allowed to perform home installations. Some say the increased competition could help reduce installation costs.
The new law, according to a news story by a local CBS news station, requires master plumbers to take 32 hours of specialized training before conducting installations. Fire safety officials hope the new law increases awareness and use of this technology, viewed as a key lifesaver if fire occurs in a home.
”It’s not uncommon for us to pull up and [the fire is] expanded beyond one or two rooms and is involving the attic or an entire floor just in a matter of four or five minutes,” Vestavia Hills Fire Lieutenant Randy Farrell told the news station.
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