Let's start with the bad news: The Tullahoma News reports that a local county commission in Tennessee recently voted to opt out of a home fire sprinkler requirement in the International Residential Code. Lobbying efforts by the South Central Builders Association of Tennessee, noted a realtor quoted in the story, successfully convinced the commission that sprinklers are "a big expense."
Now the good news: challenging such sprinkler myths, County Commissioner Tim Stubblefield, a longtime Tullahoma firefighter, was the sole vote among 20 commissioners against opting out of the requirement. "[Homebuilders] complain that it costs too much and cuts into their profits and all that, but it’s really not true," Stubblefield told the paper. “Sprinklers ... don’t cost that much to install if you do it on the front end.
"In the end, as a firefighter, I have to vote on the side of saving lives and property over saving money."
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