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In front of more than 100 fire sprinkler advocates and key politicians, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation on August 6 aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners.
The new law requires builders of new, one- and two-family homes to give buyers a cost estimate for installing fire sprinklers and requires that homebuyers receive information from the State Fire Marshal's Office about sprinkler benefits. Upon request of the buyer, the builder would be required to install sprinklers in the home.
The new law will apply to residential building contracts entered on or after January 1 of the year following the fire marshal's preparation and promulgation of the written materials.
The legislation was drafted and sponsored by Delaware Representative Edward Osienski and Senator Bruce C. Ennis. Sprinkler advocates attending the bill signing included NFPA Regional Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers and Ray Lonabaugh, NFSA’s Mid Atlantic Regional Manager.
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