We are seeing some outstanding successes this year in regards to local jurisdictions passing requirements for fire sprinklers. For instance, Las Vegas now has its own requirement for new homes, as have cities in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maine. If there are towns in your area that have recently passed or are considering a residential requirement, please let us know so we can assist and/or highlight these efforts.
NFPA occasionally gets asked how many local jurisdictions nationally have home fire sprinkler requirements in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. We have rough estimates, but a new resource can help us get a better handle on where 13D is required. Introducing NFPA’s CodeFinder™, an interactive, tool that identifies the NFPA codes and standards that are in effect in U.S. municipalities or counties. While CodeFinder™ gives users the ability to see which codes are being used in their state, it also allows for user input. We are asking our sprinkler advocates to help us track where 13D is being used nationally.
Once on the CodeFinder™ site, please click on the “Share Your Knowledge” button at the top of the page. That will direct you to a form alerting us where, locally, a sprinkler ordinance referencing 13D has been established. Your entry will be vetted by our team for accuracy. Please note that the CodeFinder™ database currently includes cities/jurisdictions greater than 250,000 people. Those cities below that threshold will be added in the next phase of this project.
We greatly appreciate your help in adding the information to our database. Please also forward this blog to your contacts that may be able to assist. The more jurisdictions we have in our database, the better we are able to identify the sprinkler requirements in your state. In turn, we can show (and help silence) sprinkler opponents by identifying a larger number of local jurisdictions fully embracing this technology. Any questions, please let us know!