Before you read this article from the The Journal News in White Plains, NY, go to the bottom and read who wrote it.
Re "Fire forces Southeast family from home," Jan. 8 article:
Thankfully, no one was killed or injured in this fire, mainly due to the quick response of volunteer fire departments in the area. There is a proposal before the New York State Building Construction Code Council requiring all newly constructed homes be protected with fire sprinklers.
One would think such a proposal would be adopted as a matter of common sense. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Opposition from home builders, a powerful lobby in all states, is blocking the Council from taking needed action to save untold lives in the future, and place fewer burdens on volunteer fire departments.
Citing an increase in costs, their main objection is without merit. In new construction, the cost of installing these systems is less than $2 a square foot. With new lightweight construction the norm, in most newly built homes the escape time of residents in a house fire is drastically reduced, in some cases, less than three minutes.
Eighty percent of deadly fires occur in buildings where people should feel the safest, their own home. What is needed is action by those with the legislative power to require these remarkable systems in all new homes.
In more than a century there has never been multiple deaths from fire in any structure protected by a properly installed and properly maintained fire sprinkler system installed by a licensed fire-sprinkler contractor.
Hopefully, wisdom will prevail and politics set aside, so these lifesavings systems will be required in all new home construction statewide.
The writer is retired president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.