NFPA commends ICC sprinkler vote

Published on September 25, 2008
September 25, 2008 – Calling it a major step toward reducing deaths and destruction caused by home fires, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) President James M. Shannon applauded this weekend’s vote by the International Code Council (ICC) to require all new one- and two-family homes to be equipped with home fire sprinklers. Seventy-three percent of voting ICC members supported the mandate slated to appear in the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC). NFPA supplied testimony for support of the provision at the hearing prior to the vote.

Residential sprinklers are required in the 2006 editions of the following NFPA codes: NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code®; NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; and NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®.

“Getting home fire sprinklers in new homes today means we will provide a life-saving benefit for generations to come,” said Shannon. “It is an issue we can all get behind to lessen the fire problem in this country.”

According to NFPA, more than 80 percent of people that die in fires are killed in home fires, yet the chances of someone dying in a home fire are reduced by one-half to two-thirds when sprinklers are present. Together with smoke alarms, sprinklers cut the risk of dying in a home fire 82 percent, relative to having neither.

For more information on home fire sprinklers, visit NFPA’s Web site and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s site.

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