Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis withdrew a proposed rule on Friday which would have required the installation of fire sprinklers in residential high rises and new homes.
“We have received an unprecedented amount of public input and suggestions through emails, letters, and public meetings," Matkaitis said in a statement. “In the course of this process, it’s become clear that any proposed state rule needs additional refinement. Therefore today I am officially withdrawing the proposed rule before the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to take into account substantial public comment and carefully re-examine this issue.”
I his communication announcing the decision, he added; “We plan to regroup and meet with stakeholders before once again moving forward. We will not give up on our goal to provide the highest level of fire safety to Illinois residents and first responders.”
Visit the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition page for more information