Briefs

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, October 1, 2004

State representative looks to implement sprinkler legislation
HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Representative Robert E. Belfanti, Jr. said he will introduce legislation to require fire sprinklers in tenant care facilities throughout the state.

The announcement follows a fatal fire at the Twin Spruce Personal Care Home in mid-August, where three people died. The measure would affect other tenant facilities such as boarding houses and nursing homes as well.

A spokesperson from Belfanti’s office said the measure is now being researched and the office will began drafting the bill later in the year.
Advent Fire system gets okay from city of New York
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - The city of New York Department of Buildings has approved GE Security’s Advent Fire system for sale and installation in all buildings within the city’s five boroughs.

In order to receive approval, the company had to submit information on the product, such as drawings, schematics and sales brochures, to the city’s materials, equipment and acceptance division. The process included the division reviewing and testing the product to ensure it meets the city’s building code regulations and standards.
Grover Beach toughens sprinkler ordinance
GROVER BEACH, Calif. - The city council of Grover Beach has voted to toughen the existing fire sprinkler ordinance.

Starting in January 2005, sprinklers are required in new commercial and residential buildings with spaces of more than 1,000 square feet.

Previously, new construction of less than 5,000 square feet did not require fire sprinklers to be installed. The new ordinance also mandates fire sprinklers when existing buildings are increased by more than 50 percent.