A bill introduced in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and another introduced in the State Senate by Senator Teresa Ruiz would require fire sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. Similar bills in previous years have made it to former Governor Chris Christie's desk, only to be vetoed both times. NFPA firmly supports these bills.
"New Jersey averages more than 15,000 structure fires each year, and more than 80 percent of them occur in one- and two-family homes," says David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "This bill takes a major step forward in protecting our residents in making sure they live in homes that are equipped with fire sprinklers, which can protect them from devastating and often deadly consequences of home fires."
According to Kurasz, the bill would not apply to manufactured homes or one- or two-family homes not connected to a public water supply. Check this blog often for updates on this bill.