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A good argument that relates to sprinklers and automobiles is that you can draw a similarly between the smoke alarm in your house and the seat-belt in your car. Both will help out to keep you safe and protected.
Fire sprinklers in a home will do the same as an airbag in a car. Both will actually save your life. I think that we are at a crossroads with our fight to incorporate fire sprinklers into everyday construction. as with air bags, once the public sees what sprinklers are and how they really work they will start demanding them in new homes. Having said this I really support the public education aspect of what you are doing. I believe it is the key. I a have attached our fire sprinkler test from 20 years ago that was done to educate the public. After this we were successful in passing a sprinkler bylaw that has made a real difference in our town. Keep up the great work It doesn't go unnoticed by all of us "out there"

Bill Higgs
Sechelt Fire Dept


I live in a home with a well not public water. While under construction I contacted a company about installing sprinklers. I would need a 2nd well, separate electric feed, and water containment (tank). The sprinkler system alone was $10k. The insurance company scoffed at the idea and would not give any discount on the policy.

The costs were very prohibitive and beyond what I could afford. Since learning of the true costs first hand I can not support a sprinkler mandate for rural homes not on a water supply.

Great video, Bill. It's nice to hear that your department's efforts have paid off! Thanks for sharing and contributing to this discussion.

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