Earlier this month, we highlighted a story out of Texas, where the state's homebuilding industry has reportedly spent $24 million over the past three years funding lobbying efforts against home fire sprinkler requirements. Furthering its analysis on prohibiting fire sprinkler requirements is "The Secret List," appearing on FireFighterCloseCalls.com.
"Let's give car buyers three choices of braking systems: good, better, and best," states the article, which makes a comparison to other industries not adhering to the most advanced safety standards. "Maybe the makers of airplanes shouldn’t be required to have all of those crazy gauges, [but] just a few, in order to keep their costs 'affordable.'
"Yet some homebuilders continue to win even though their arguments [against home fire sprinkler requirements] don’t hold water. In fact, state lawmakers have made it illegal for Texas cities to mandate sprinklers ... in all new single-family homes."
Similar laws are unfortunately on the books in a number of other states. If that's the case in your state, don't just get mad. Take action. Our Fire Sprinkler Initiative site has the resources to push for these requirements to your state's decision makers. If your state doesn't have a fire sprinkler coalition, work with us to initiate one.