A new study soon to be examined by the Las Vegas City Council states council members should enact an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in the city's new, one- and two-family homes.
This analysis was commissioned by the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). According to a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, before the state enacts a fire sprinkler ordinance for buildings with fewer than 5,000 square feet of livable space, a cost-benefit analysis must occur.
The UNLV study, according to the Review-Journal, states that smoke alarms are insufficient on their own. Sprinklers, it states, complement the job of smoke alarms and, when installed in new homes, pay for themselves in a matter of months.
Based on comments made to the Review-Journal, council members seem to support a sprinkler ordinance; Mayor Carolyn Goodman said "safety is always first to me." Councilman Bob Coffman mirrored her comments, stating "lives would be lost without it."
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