The resolution's intent is to convince British Columbia officials to maintain and expand the use of home fire sprinklers in Langley. The council's resolution follows the decision of the township's Community and Transportation Safety Advisory Committee to have the council send "a letter to the Province requesting that local governments be permitted to use fire sprinklers as part of their community fire protection strategy."
The decision follows the passage of the new Building Act earlier this year, eventually giving the province sole authority in establishing more consistent building requirements across British Columbia. As stated in the resolution, the "Province recognizes that some local governments may ... have legitimate reasons for wanting more stringent requirements ... such as residential sprinklers."
The committee's conversations on mobility challenges of senior citizens and how that might impact their ability to quickly escape a fire prompted the resolution. NFPA research also notes that 30 percent of home fire victims are at least 65 years of age. (Download the free "Characteristics of Home Fire Victims" report.)
"Residential sprinklers play a part in the overall, comprehensive community fire protection strategy for the Township," states the resolution, which is also backed by the township's fire chief.
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