Members vote to require sprinkler protection
LAS VEGAS--In early June at the NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition, association members voted to adopt the 2006 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, which is the first model code in the United States to require automatic sprinkler detection in new one- and two-family dwellings.
The sprinkler provision was added to the code due to the high number recorded residential death in fires each year and the cost-effectiveness of residential sprinklers. The vote serves as a recommendation to NFPA's Standards Council--the governing body that will ultimately issue the code--and was overwhelmingly in favor of the new sprinkler provision.
The association's membership vote supports the action taken by the association's Technical Committee on Residential Occupancies, which also approved the sprinkler requirement through the NFPA open-consensus code development process. The NFPA Standards Council will consider the 2006 edition of the Life Safety Code at its meeting in July.