Some might have simply accepted a code-making body's ruling to not sprinkler all new homes. But that's not what's occurring in New York.
Armed with more than 2,000 letters from New York residents supporting sprinklers, members of the New York Sprinkler Initiative recently hand delivered these notes to the New York Department of State's office in Albany. Last year, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to update the state's building code without the provision to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. The initiative is now urging the Department of State--and its Division of Code Enforcement--to at least consider sprinklering all new townhomes. While initiative members support the sprinklering all homes, sprinklering new townhomes, they say, is the first step in making their ultimate goal a reality.
Various news outlets were on hand to video members of the initiative walking into the Department of State's building with letters of support in hand. The group was also there to voice their support of sprinklers during a public hearing.
"Homes burn eight times faster than they used to because of both the construction materials and the residential materials in furnishings, carpeting, etc., that are in homes," Jerry DeLuca, initiative member and executive director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, told Time Warner Cable News. "They burn hotter, they burn faster, and they place both the residents' lives and the lives of firefighters in jeopardy."
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