California is one of two states to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Early on in the process, the Office of the State Fire Marshal brought together stakeholders in order to ease the implementation of the requirement. A task force was created comprising members of the fire service, building and public health officials, water purveyors, as well as state and national organizations. The September issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter offers up the comprehensive report issued by the task force that includes valuable recommendations that other states and municipalities can take to heart.
We also feature video of a Massachusets family whose new home includes sprinklers, which offer them peace of mind because twin sons live with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and would have difficulty escaping a fire.
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