New Jersey home fire sprinkler bill aimed at protecting firefighters and public moves to full Assembly

Blog Post created by lorrainecarli Employee on Feb 5, 2019
By a unanimous vote the New Jersey Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee moved to the full Assembly this month the New Fire Safety Act (bill A3974) which would require home fire sprinklers be installed in new single and two-family homes during their construction. 
According to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, there were 31,944 fires reported in 2016, with 18,623 of those involving structures. More than 70 percent of the structure fires occurred in residential homes of which 66 percent were two family dwellings. 
(A video produced by the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB) showcases the quick intensity of today's home fires and rapid response of home fire sprinklers.)
Committee members testifying spoke to the aim to reduce loss of life to citizens as well as firefighters. “This bill has the potential to save residents and help our firefighters who put their lives on the line each time they go into a fire,” said Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (Middlesex, Somerset). “That alone makes this a crucial legislative effort.”
New Jersey would join Californiaand Marylandas well as hundreds of communities across the country in requiring sprinklers in new one and two family homes, the place where the vast majority of fire deaths occur today.
For more information on this effort in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.