The Maryland Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers and actively educates stakeholder groups about the life-saving aspect of this technology. The coalition also collaborates with local fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to installing fire sprinklers in the state's new homes.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
Sprinkler Requirement in Maryland
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has adopted the 2015 International Residential Code, including its requirement for automatic fire sprinklers in new, one- and two- family dwellings. Maryland law prohibits local jurisdictions from weakening the sprinkler requirement in their building code adoptions.
Safety Advocates Defeat Anti-Sprinkler Bill
A legislative bill that riled safety advocates for its ability to weaken Maryland's fire sprinkler requirement for new homes was defeated in 2016. The state's fire service, including the Maryland State Firemen's Association, banded together to inform legislators and residents about the life-saving aspect of home fire sprinklers. For more on this story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Who's Championing for Fire Sprinklers in Maryland?
The Maryland State Firemen's Association, a coalition member, has a residential sprinkler committee that supports and assists local fire service and governmental groups in establishing and supporting requirements for home fire sprinklers. The committee works to educate governmental agencies, legislators, builders, developers, realtors, and citizens on the facts about home fire sprinklers. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that home fire sprinklers reduce the risk of home fires by 80 percent and can reduce property loss by 70 percent.
Partners in this effort include the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, the Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland, the Fire Prevention Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association, NFPA, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and most county firefighter associations.