Minnesota court overturns fire sprinkler requirement same week home fire kills father and two children

By Fred Durso, Jr. Delivering a blow to Minnesota’s fire safety advocates, the state’s Court of Appeals recently overturned a ruling by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes greater than 4,500 square feet. Sued by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the department saw the sprinkler requirement as a necessity, telling NFPA in 2014 that the the cost of installing sprinklers isn’t significant enough to discourage someone from purchasing a home, particularly when weighing the cost against the potential threat to life and property. The court didn’t agree. “While we can appreciate [the department’s]…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

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