• City passes fire sprinkler requirement for new homes, upsets homebuilders

    Media stories have been filtering out of Illinois following the passage of a fire sprinkler requirement for new homes in Rock Island. Late last year, its city council voted on a building code update which included ado...
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  • Bill delaying fire protection requirements once again gets legislative approval

    Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have delayed a requirement for fire sprinklers in certain residences. His decision was a direct result of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London.  &...
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  • Updating its building code, Canada weighs home fire sprinkler requirement for new homes

    Could Canadian building codes include a requirement for home fire sprinklers?   Currently investigating this requirement is a task force formed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes that rec...
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  • NFPA adds its voice to new debate on fire sprinklering all new homes

    A deadly end to 2017 and similar start to 2018 in Delaware prompted a recent story on the state's home fire problem. The story also debates the necessity of fire sprinkler requirements in new homes, and gave NFPA...
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  • New law for New Jersey schools seen as fire sprinkler victory

    New Jersey is about to get a better idea on which of its schools are protected by fire sprinklers and which ones aren't.    A new law now requires the state's Division of Fire Safety to conduct su...
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  • Will a new study lead to the sprinklering of all new homes in Las Vegas?

    A new study soon to be examined by the Las Vegas City Council states council members should enact an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in the city's new, one- and two-family homes.    This analy...
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  • Does your state prohibit requirements for home fire sprinklers?

    Earlier this month, we highlighted a story out of Texas, where the state's homebuilding industry has reportedly spent $24 million over the past three years funding lobbying efforts against home fire sprinkler req...
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  • Editorial board: Legislature should "take a stand on fire safety," support home fire sprinklers

    Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel recently weighed in on a state fire sprinkler requirement, stating in an opinion that requiring this technology in apartment units with three to 20 units is unlawful. This requi...
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  • Following statewide ban on fire sprinkler requirements, safety advocates re-energize push for fire sprinkler laws

    A statewide, fire sprinkler requirement for all new homes in Pennsylvania was set to take place in 2011. Then, sprinkler opponents there helped kill the requirement. (Read this report documenting how homebuilder ...
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  • Following Grenfell Tower fire, architect group demands fire sprinklers in all new residences

    Following the approximately 70 deaths and 70 injured from June's Grenfell Tower fire, a British architect group is demanding that fire sprinklers become a component of all new housing.    Acc...
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  • Report: Homebuilders spent $24 million in one state fighting home fire sprinkler requirements

    Fighting back tears, Bobby O'Neal, Sr., described the day he received the call that the home his 32-year-old son was living in was in flames. His son eventually died from the incident.    “I feel like...
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  • Could residential fire sprinklers have prevented the death of a 25-year-old?

    In a state currently battling fire sprinkler requirements, a news story discusses the potential effects of not embracing these requirements in residential settings.    The Tampa Bay Times recently unde...
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  • Homebuilders may use "loophole" to circumvent new fire sprinkler law

    A new law in Wales went into effect in January, requiring fire sprinklers in all new homes. Wales is the first country in the world to pass such a requirement.    However, homebuilders there have spent litt...
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  • Fire marshal Randy Miller named advocate of the year for spearheading fire sprinkler ordinance

    Fire Marshal Randy Miller (second from right) stopped by NFPA's booth during AFSA's convention in Las Vegas. From left: Jeff Hudson, NFPA; Lorraine Carli, NFPA; and Peg Paul with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition...
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  • During state building code update, Connecticut safety advocates urge code committee to adopt home fire sprinkler requirement

    Keith Flood, chair of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, discusses home fire sprinklers and a crucial state building code update with a local reporter.   The perpetual myth from fire sprinkler opponents t...
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  • Commentary: If Smithsonian building is worthy of sprinkler protection, why aren't our lives?

    A small fire at the Smithsonian Castle building in Washington, D.C., made minimal headlines, mainly because its sprinklers quickly extinguished the flames. No deaths. No injuries. Minimal damage.    In...
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  • Deputy fire marshal honored nationally for spearheading town's fire sprinkler ordinance

    Photo courtesy of the American Fire Sprinkler Association   Having overseen nearly 2,000 home installations of fire sprinklers, Randy Miller knows these systems backwards and forwards. He's now receiving nationa...
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  • Editorial: When you stall on adopting measures for safer residences, you're playing with fire

    A recent editorial appearing on NorthJersey.com eloquently captures the frustration felt by many of our safety advocates. The editorial is in response to state legislators stalling on fire code reform following the ma...
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  • Following Hawaii's Marco Polo high-rise fire, attention placed on state's sprinkler ban

    Image: Today.com According to a news story by the Civil Beat, the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii organized a party to celebrate what it called a "big win." This "victory" was the extension of a s...
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  • Governor signs bill allowing plumbers to install home fire sprinklers

    Photo: Twitter   Praised by local fire safety advocates, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed into law a bill allowing plumbers to install home fire sprinklers. The legislation's intent is to broaden the nu...
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