Kitchens to be sprinklered

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, February 1, 2006

FRESNO, Calif.--After much discussion between fire and building association officials, the Fresno City Council narrowly passed an ordinance (4-3) requiring at least one fire sprinkler to be installed in the kitchens of new homes, KFSN Fresno 30 reported.
Fresno Fire Chief Randy Bruegman said that 30 percent of all Fresno fires in the last year started in the kitchen, causing more than $2 million in damages. The sprinklers will be "cosmetically enhanced and will be hidden until a fire occurs, when they will drop down from the ceiling," the report said. The installation cost is expected to be $750 to $1,500 per home.