!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d09383b5970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d09383b5970c-320wi|alt=Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d09383b5970c img-responsive!An Oregon fire marshal has made such a convincing case for home fire sprinklers that an Oregon mayor and city council are considering requirements in new homes.
The +Mail Tribune+ reports that the city of Medford's mayor, Gary Wheeler, received a recommendation to sprinkler all new one- and two-family homes from Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg. Noting that competition will eventually drive down sprinker installation costs (a point highlighted in NFPA's recent sprinkler cost study report ), Kleinberg's recommendation seems to have gotten the attention of Wheeler, who told the paper, "You can't put a price on a child."
Kleinberg also noted that Medford has averaged 82 fires a year over the past five years, the majority occurring in one- and two-family dwellings.
For more information, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.