A study released this year by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, concluded that city council members should enact an ordinance to fire sprinkler the city's new, one- and two-family homes. Last week, the council made this recommendation a reality.
In a victory praised by safety advocates nationwide, the city council via a 4-0 vote passed a bill requiring home fire sprinklers. According to a local NBC news station, the bill has been a hot-button issue since it was introduced nine months ago. "I’m happy that we were able to put aside differences and concentrate on those things we have in common, which was, we all want to see people living safely in their home," Las Vegas Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Robert Nolan told the news station.
The UNLV study concluded that sprinklering new homes could be cost-effective, which refuted claims and installation estimates by the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association. As for inspecting newly sprinklered homes, a local representative from the International Association of Fire Fighters told the station that "we can take on the workload. We can do that without any increased financial impact to the city."
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