Homebuilder arguments to new sprinkler bill countered by New Jersey fire service

By Fred Durso, Jr. Capt. James Culbertson with the Ventnor City Fire Department in New Jersey offered a well-written response to an editorial panning a new bill that would require sprinklers in new homes. Here’s a point-counterpoint synopsis of both editorials: Opponent argument: “The New Jersey Builders Association figures mandating sprinkler systems would add $6,000 to the cost of a new home.” Culbertson’s response: “The editorial states home fire sprinkler systems [are] a considerable cost. What would considerable cost be to the six people who perished in the recent Ann Arundel, Maryland, fire? How about all of the many civilians and firefighters injured and…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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