The city of Kenai, Alaska, recently passed an ordinance that provides a homeowner tax credit for the installation of residential sprinkler systems. Homeowner who install a sprinkler system will receive a tax credit up to the total cost of the installation of the system, or two dollars per square foot for the size of their home, not including their garage.
Terry Bookey, a member of the Kenai City Council and a former Kenai firefighter, spoke at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, and said that he's seen the ruin caused by home fires -- the lives lost and the property destroyed. "And I know devastation would be reduced if residential sprinkler systems were more widespread," he said. "So not only do residential sprinklers protect lives and property, they also provide an increased level of protection for myself and my fellow firefighters when we respond to home fires."