Scottsdale, Arizona, is well-known for its ordinance to fire sprinkler its new homes, a requirement that has been in existence there for more than 30 years. Home sprinkler naysayers need only look to this report by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to understand how this ordinance has reduced Scottsdale's home fire losses and led to installation costs well below the national average.
What might not be as well-known is how this ordinance came to be. Launched in conjunction with this year's Home Fire Sprinkler Day, Scottsdale released a short documentary film and accompanying article about their ordinance. Hear or read the compelling story of how this requirement began with the successful sprinklering of two model homes in Scottsdale.
“We are a big city and we get looked at and studied all the time,” Scottsdale Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford, who was influential in the ordinance's passage, says in the documentary. “People come to look at us and ... I’m able to say without a doubt that (residential sprinklers) make a huge difference in how our community is protected.”
Watch the documentary: