During her session at NFPA's Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando in December 2011, Sandra Stanek, CFPS, SET, Senior Fire Protection Specialist at NFPA, talked about the basics of residential sprinkler systems. She discussed common sprinkler myths, water sources, and the benefits of installing residential sprinklers to local jurisdictions. For more information about residential sprinklers, visit www.firesprinklerinitiative.org
Against the backdrop of the firefighters memorial at the Massachusetts State House, NFPA President Jim Shannon and representatives of every major fire service organization in the state came together on December 13, 2011 to protest against the new building code in Massachusetts.
All national model building codes include the requirement for fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) promulgated a building code for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in August and omitted the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction.
“Your risk of dying in a home fire decreases by more than 80 percent with sprinklers and property damage is reduced by 74 percent” said Shannon. “By allowing substandard housing to be built in Massachusetts, the BBRS puts firefighters and citizens at unnecessary risk. Their action should be reversed.”