Perhaps no person has done more for home sprinkler adoption than California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. Under her watch, in 2011, California became the first state in the nation to mandate the installation of sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family dwellings.
In the interview, Hoover discussed how her office and countless volunteers were able to build support in California for the eventual adoption of a first-in-the-nation sprinkler mandate. She also spoke of the importance of requiring sprinklers in new homes, as well as the successes and challenges in the months after the state’s sprinkler adoption. Hoover also pointed out that the work is far from over.
“One of the biggest mistakes we could make would be to think that residential sprinklers are chiseled in stone like the Ten Commandments,” she said.
To learn more about Hoover’s efforts and California’s home sprinkler requirements, read the latest issue of NFPA Journal.
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