Saturday, August 11, 2012

Firefighters Push for More Sprinkler Enforcement

Firefighter Associations across the US are pushing every state to demand sprinkler systems in new homes because today's prefabricated building methods spread fire quicker and cost more lives than the old rafter system and non-prefabricated products used in modern construction.

A Fireman's Dream Home - no new construction methods used here!

I realize that a firefighter puts their life on the line every time they respond to a fire but to blame the prefabricated building products like trusses, I-joists and laminated woods for more deaths is pushing it a little far.

CLICK HERE to read the story in the Chicago Tribune

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anyone that has done business in Mass.. knows of Chief Gallagher's assertions concerning the modular industry. While the Chielf cannot site any science to suipport his points, he has gotten the attention of many inthe media. soem of this has spread into the Firefighters Association. Look, there is a differnce in the fire ratings of some pre engineered materials and trusses. And absolutely no one wants to see any fire fighters loose their life while responding to a fire of any sort. First lets talk about a house fire. I always thought that the only reason a fire fighter would enter a house was for life svaing purposes. To that point, why are they not pushing for code adoption of existing technolgy that would better support the quick evacuation of a house during a fire, like voice smoke alarms, that have been proven to be more effective thamn the horn types being used right now? Has anyone really, honestly studied the true costs and effects of a fire supporession system in new housing. Has anyone really thought about all of the elements involved and developed a cost and affects like: 1. How will hte appraisal industry handle comps for new construction that has a syastem installed? 2. What will give them the ability to differentiate between domestic water supply and one that has a private or well system and the additional costs brought about by the holding tank and pumps.3. Has anyone really gotten any iodeas on how in pubic water suply systems, would a utility company handle a delinquent bill from a customer when a house has a system? Who woudl be liable in the event of a fire? In my opinio the list goes on and on and on. Let's think about this for a while!