Fire sprinklers might not be required in all of Hawaii's residences, but certain residents have started demanding them.
Following a fire last year at the Marco Polo complex that killed four people and caused more than $100 million in damage, condo owners voted in favor of installing fire sprinklers there, reports the Associated Press. The building lacked this safety feature, which local advocates said could have prevented the deaths associated with this fire.
In one- and two-family homes, fire sprinklers aren't required in Hawaii. Last year, the Hawaii State Legislature extended a law prohibiting local jurisdictions from adopting its own sprinkler requirements in these settings. The law is now set to expire in June 2027. Influential in the extension's passage was the Building Industry of Hawaii, which was set to celebrate this extension. The group quickly canceled their party following the Marco Polo fire.
Even if there are laws prohibiting fire sprinkler requirements in your area, the laws do not prevent you from speaking out in support of fire sprinklers. Use NFPA's free advocacy tools and take action today.