As Connecticut currently updates its building code, members of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition are recommending the state's Codes and Standards Committee to embrace the solution to the state's home fire problem by adopting a model building code requirement to sprinkler all new homes. The coalition has based its recommendation on findings outlined in a new position paper.
The building code update follows the 2016 home fire death of a six-year-old girl from Plainfield, Connecticut. The Connecticut home had at least one working smoke alarm. Moreover, had this home’s construction followed requirements found in all U.S. model building codes—specifically, a requirement to sprinkler new dwellings that has appeared in every edition of these codes since 2009—it should have been sprinklered. The coalition joined NFPA at a news conference in October 2016 to underscore the recent tragedy.
"Inaction by our state’s decision makers has led to another tragedy," said coalition Chair Keith Flood following the fire. "We need them to finally start embracing home fire sprinklers and stop listening to the rhetoric by local fire sprinkler opponents. Now is the time to bolster laws that will lead to safer homes for future generations.”
Please take action by August 8 to ensure every new home in Connecticut is equipped with home fire sprinklers. We're asking all advocates to email the state Codes and Standards Committee to adopt the model building code requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. Visit the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition site for more information.