Lauren Depew

Connecticut fire service leaders address fatal Plainfield home fire and lack of fire protection in state’s new homes

Blog Post created by Lauren Depew Employee on Oct 25, 2016

Connecticut’s top fire service organizations joined us today at the South Fire District in Middletown to address a home fire in September that killed a six-year-old girl in a new home and inaction by state decision makers to provide a key safety feature in new homes.

 

Earlier this year, the six-year-old girl and her family moved into their Plainfield home. Had the home followed requirements found in all U.S. model building codes when it was built earlier this year, it should have included fire sprinklers. This technology can reduce the risk of dying in home fires by 80 percent.

 

However, Connecticut’s code-making body has decided not to adopt this requirement each time it has updated the state building code since 2010. Similarly, legislative bills that would have required fire sprinklers in new homes have been defeated with help from local fire sprinkler opponents. These opponents, mainly the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut, claim this technology is burdensome, not necessary, and expensive—all myths countered by solid research.

 

Read more about today's event through our full press release. For more information on the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, visit FireSprinklerInitiative.org/Connecticut.

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