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Mirroring the position of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Cynthia Ross Tustin says the time for mandatory installation of home fire sprinklers is now. "You need a home escape plan, you need working smoke alarms, and you need home sprinklers," says the fire chief for the Essa Township Fire Department in Ontario, Canada, who was interviewed by a Canadian news publication. "It's not one or the other."
Delaying the issue of requiring sprinklers, she says, makes no sense, especially since cities like Vancouver have seen life-saving successes in implementing a sprinkler ordinance. The story also cites Scottsdale, Arizona, which has required sprinklers in new homes since the mid 1980s. (A report by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition highlights data following the adoption of this ordinance.)
Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for additional information on how safety advocates in Canada are taking a stance on sprinklers.