City to require sprinklers in new multi-family units
WASHINGTON, Pa.--Beginning this summer, all new multi-family buildings here will be required to have fire sprinklers.
The city council passed the ordinance in late April that calls for two-family units or more, such as townhouses and carriage houses, to install sprinklers. Builders have 60 days to comply with the new law.
The city of Washington is undergoing a redevelopment phase, according to Fire Chief Linn Brookman, who introduced the measure to the council in February. The ordinance is a precautionary measure and not a reactionary measure, Brookman said.
"This is above and beyond what the International Code calls for," he said. The city, located 27 miles south of Pittsburgh, adheres to the 2003 International Fire Codes.