As reported here in a previous post, Rutherford County, TN is updating its residential code to require fire sprinklers for new construction one- and two-family homes. Now an op-ed piece by the editorial board of the Daily News Journal (DNJ) has weighed in for the provision.
Besides citing the life safety benefits of fire sprinklers, the DNJ cites the rapid growth of the community that has brought construction into areas that do not have access to water and goes on to say; “with these developments come calls for amenities and necessities – such as adequate fire protection.” The Rutherford County provision would require fire sprinklers in areas with inadequate access to water supplies.
The piece concludes; “Another alternative is to provide adequate water supplies and pressure, but how much would that cost countyresidents as utility rate payers?” Another question I would pose is; "Do buyers of those homes understand how much more they will have to pay for homeowners insurance without adequate fire protection?"
We will continue to follow the developments in Rutherford County and will keep you informed.
UPDATE: The Rutherford County governing body voted not to adopt the provision.