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Here’s why amendments and add-ons to home fire sprinkler requirements should be avoided

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Por Fred Durso, Jr.

The reasons are endless as to why California is considered theGolden State.For instance, its decision to require home fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes certainly exemplified its golden status among sprinkler supporters. While the requirements are officially on the books, educating the public and jurisdictions on these systems and the standards guiding it is far from over.

In an effort to showcase the importance and cost-effective aspects of sprinkler standards, the hardworking members of the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition recently released the white paperLimit Local Amendments to Residential Sprinkler Requirements.The report highlights the benefits of NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, and why any amendments or alterations to the standard at the local level can produce unintended consequences.

NFPA 13D was developed to provide a cost-effective means to provide occupants 10 minutes to evacuate a home safely,” states the white paper. “The goal was to provide the greatest life safety for occupants of residential dwellings at the lowest possible cost.

Changing design or installation requirements for perceived added benefit could be disastrous. What may appear to be minor amendments to thestandard can have a significant effect on the proper operation during a fire incident.

Read the white paper for additional details and for an overview of California’s statewide sprinkler adoption that took effect in 2011.

Fuente:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams fundó el Instituto de Formación de Servicios de Bomberos en 1995 para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos que enfrenta el servicio de bomberos voluntarios. Él ha sido un miembro activo de la Asociación de Bomberos del Estado de California (SCAF) desde 1994, habiendo sido miembro de los comités de voluntarios y de relaciones públicas, y como subdirector división del sur. Se sienta en varias organizaciones locales, incluyendo el Consejo de Protección de Bomberos del Condado de Santa Barbara, los Tres Condados de Responsables de Capacitación de la Asociación, De Santa Barbara capítulo de CAER y es miembro fundador del grupo de Santa Bárbara PIO Emergencia Información Pública Comunicaciones (ÉPICO). Ha sido el autor de muchos artículos y columnista de un periódico local en materia de seguridad pública. Él es también el co-anfitrión de alerta comunitaria sobre KZSB AM-1290 en Santa Bárbara. Williams ha sido miembro de la Junta de Servicios de Bomberos del Estado de California desde 2008. Antes de involucrarse en el servicio de bomberos voluntarios, Williams era un oficial de policía de California para 12 ½ años y un Oficial de Entrenamiento de Campo Correo Certificado. Él es un investigador privado con licencia y consultor de seguridad especializada en auto asegurado, asignaciones de defensa del gobierno y de seguros.


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