Alarm PR reports on a two-pronged initiative in Illinois to require fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family dwellings, currently under way. The project is led by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) working with numerous fire service organizations and advocates. Tom Lia, Executive Director of NIFSAB explains that the emphasis is on assisting communities achieve individual adoptions through its residential building code, and State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis’ effort to adopt the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® statewide, which includes the requirement.
The latest community to adopt, as reported in an earlier post, is the Village of Gurnee, joins 77 other communities in IL that have adopted the requirement. NFPA was instrumental in assisting NIFSAB and field advocates make the case for the fire sprinkler requirement.