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Newly elected officials can benefit from a dose of home fire sprinkler education

By Fred Durso, Jr. It has been two years since the last major attempt to upgrade Illinois’ statewide model code to include fire sprinklers in all new homes. Before it went to a public hearing, this measure was stopped by the political forces that were aligned to prevent a code upgrade. Scare tactics and misinformation were used by opponents to manipulate elected officials. They were told that installation costs were three times as much as actual costs, homes sales would come to a halt, and fire sprinklers offered no insurance breaks, among other pieces of misinformation. Since that time, Illinois elected a new governor,…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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