The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) promulgated a building code for the Commonwealth and omitted the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction. The new code became effective August 4, 2011.
The BBRS is holding a public hearing on December 13, 2011, at 12:00 pm in the Gardner Auditorium of the Massachusetts State House (Beacon Street at Park Street). Public testimony will be accepted. If you are able to attend, please ask the BBRS to add back the provision for fire sprinklers in new one and two family homes, or at a minimum, push out the implementation date to ensure future generations will be better protected from fire.
If you are unable to attend, you can also contact the members of the BBRS by phone or e-mail. We've even drafted language you can use for your letter, e-mail, or phone call.
Join NFPA and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshals Office, Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters Association and Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts -- all of whom support the requirement for fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.
Don’t allow substandard homes to be built in Massachusetts.
- Jim Shannon