Mayor hears convincing pitch for home fire sprinklers from fire chief, initiates local ordinance

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Dec 19, 2014

Mayor Lawrence JacksonThe Village of Riverdale, Illinois, recently became one of nearly 100 fire-safe communities in Illinois where fire sprinklers are required in new, single-family homes. Along with Blue Island, which passed a home fire sprinkler requirement in 2012, Riverdale is among the first communities in Chicago’s inner ring of southern suburbs to recognize the importance of protecting residents in their homes.

Mayor Lawrence Jackson is dedicated to the safety of the people he serves and trusts the expertise of the code development process and fire officials. “Having updated codes protects the residents, and up-to-date code enforcement is one of the priorities of my administration in order to maintain a safe community,” states Jackson.

Upon Jackson taking office in 2013, he was approached by Fire Chief Robert Scharnhorst about adopting a home fire sprinkler requirement. Although he was not familiar with home fire sprinklers at the time, Jackson got educated on the subject by Scharnhorst during the village board’s building code renewal process. Learn what happened next by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.