According to a news release, the class-action lawsuit recently filed in Nevada's Clark County District Court alleges that three-story homes built by Ryland Homes in the Las Vegas area are "defected" since they lack home fire sprinklers, a code requirement in all model building codes guiding new home construction. The suit also contends that the unsprinklered structures compromise the health and safety of residents.
"This is a classic case of a large corporation putting profits before people--in this case, blatantly disregarding the building codes and putting the lives of homeowners and first responders at risk to save a few dollars per home," Mark J. Bourassa with the Bourassa Law Group, LLC, stated in the news release.
The news release also cites research from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative; in 2013, there were more than 369,000 home structure fires that resulted in nearly 2,800 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries.
The lawsuit coincides with recent steps taken by the Nevada Legislature to alter the state's residential sprinkler requirements. Senate Bill 477 revises provisions governing the sprinklering of new homes. For instance, homes under 5,000 square feet would be excluded from sprinkler installations under certain circumstances.
Keep tabs on this and other anti-sprinkler legislation by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site. Looking to take a stance in support of home fire sprinklers in your state? Contact one of our regional sprinkler specialists, or join a state sprinkler coalition.