Michael Hazell

NFPA fights to get sprinkler requirement reinstated in Massachusetts building code

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Oct 27, 2011

Massachusetts sprinkler initiative adDid you know that every national model building code in the United States includes a provision for fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes?

And in Massachusetts, every major fire organization -- the state fire marshal, fire chiefs, firefighters and fire prevention officers from across the Commonwealth -- supports home fire sprinklers in new homes.

But in a recent action, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) promulgated a building code for the Commonwealth and removed the provision for fire sprinklers in new construction. The new code became effective August 4, 2011.

Aren’t our lives and homes worth protecting?
NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, supported by fire organizations from across Massachusetts, says the BBRS should reverse its action to better protect the citizens and firefighters of the Commonwealth, or at a minimum, push out the implementation date for the provision to become effective.

There are several ways you can take action for safer homes in Massachusetts. Visit www.firesprinklersma.org to learn more about:

  • attending the BBRS public hearing on November 8.
  • writing or calling the BBRS to ask that the provision for fire sprinklers in new homes be added back to the building code.
  • placing our print ad and radio spot on your website or blog.

Don't allow substandard homes to be built in Massachusetts. Learn the facts and how you can help in this effort by visiting http://www.firesprinklersma.org/

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