Fire claiming seven children underscores necessity of sprinkler requirements in a state that hasn't updated its building code in nearly a decade

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 7, 2015


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The headlines were horrific: 


"Brooklyn Fire Kills Seven Children, City's Worst Toll Since 2007"  --The New York Times


"Father Grieves for Seven Kids Killed in Brooklyn Fire"  --New York Daily News


"Seven Children Die in Fire as Mother Pleads For Help" --Associated Press

The March tragedy is an alarming wake-up call about the gravity of home fires. Equally frustrating to members of the New York fire service is the fact that the state's building code hasn't been updated in more than nine years. Advocates have joined forces to urge the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the provision to sprinkler newly constructed one- and two-family homes.


Backing this adoption is the New York Sprinkler Initiative, a recently formed group that consists of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York Fire State Marshals and Inspectors Association, and others.


For more information on this push in New York, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

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