Building Council Extinguishes Sprinkler Proposal

The state Building Code Council has decided not to adopt a policy that would require sprinkler systems in large or multistory homes.

Firefighter groups sought the change after seven South Carolina college students died in a fire at a North Carolina beach house that didn't have sprinklers.

The council refused Tuesday to accept the proposal by a vote of 7-6. Council chairman Dan Tingen didn't vote but asked a committee to examine whether to expand the use of sprinklers.

The petition from fire officials would have required sprinklers in new homes of more than 3,600 square feet or structures three or more stories off the ground.

The proposal also would have required committee discussion and a public hearing before it could take effect.


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  • by Rick Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    Money talks, the safety of firefighters and families walks. Sad.
  • by Jay Location: Williamston on Dec 11, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    I would think that your insurance company would give you a break on your policy cost if you had sprinklers installed in your home. They do for alarm systems. By the way, how much is the life of a loved one worth anyway? I would think a little more than $4,000.00
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    If resort renters would demand this very important safety item for their families, developers and their politicians attitudes would change. We could start by requiring them in any new construction that is used part or full time as a rental property. These are commercial properties just like hotels and motels, and the costs can be deducted as a business expense or amortized. Really a no-brainer if we really care.
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