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I am saddened that some Builders & government entities feel that a ~$2-3K cost adder to a new home is too much money to invest! It is clear that replacing such homes ravaged by fire are far higher (this may be the agenda -- replacing homes post-fire is more business to the building & contracting community, I think)than the cost to protect such homes by sprinkler system installation. Let us not try to assess the lives injured or lost due to such fires... this appears to be a non-factor in their decisions. Studies have shown that current building materials, as well as standard home furnishings, are not any better at slowing down a fire in progress. Studies have also shown that homes properly protected with a fire sprinkler system enjoy a very small count on injuries or deaths to occupants; and that such homes are usually repairable at a lower cost than a full replacement of the home. This is only my humble, personal & professional opinion; yet my opinion is shared by many others in one form or another.

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