Homebuilder group uses misinformation to downplay importance of home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on May 17, 2016

sprinkler myths.jpg“Smoke Alarms, Not Sprinkler Mandates, says NAHB.”


This title appeared in a recent post on the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) blog. The post summarized a column written by NAHB for the new issue of Fire Protection Engineering Magazine, which focused primarily on residential fire safety. Consider the following half-truths and misinformation found in the blog post and magazine column:


NAHB: Our members produce homes built to building codes designed to keep their occupants safer

This statement is partially accurate. NAHB states that newer homes are built to building codes explicitly designed to make homes safer. However, a component of all U.S. model building codes is the requirement—not the option—to sprinkler all new homes. Since fire sprinklers are now an essential component, new homes built without them should be considered substandard.


For additional rebuttals to NAHB's anti-sprinkler statements, visit our Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.