Protect families. Protect firefighters. Support home fire sprinklers.
The New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition is a cooperative partnership advocating installation and proper care of fire sprinkler systems as a highly effective means of helping save lives and property. The Coalition is comprised of local leaders, firemen, contractors, businesses and unionized personnel representing fire sprinkler construction, production, education, distribution and installation. To join the coalition or for more information, contact NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
Legislators Introduce Bills Requiring Home Fire Sprinklers
A bill introduced in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and another introduced in the State Senate by Senator Teresa Ruiz would require fire sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. Similar bills in previous years have made it to former Governor Chris Christie's desk, only to be vetoed both times. "These bills take a major step forward in protecting our residents in making sure they live in homes that are equipped with fire sprinklers, which can protect them from devastating and often deadly consequences of home fires," says David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and member of the coalition.
New Law for New Jersey Schools Seen as Fire Sprinkler Victory
A new law requires the state's Division of Fire Safety to conduct surveys of fire suppression systems--or lack thereof--in all public and nonpublic school buildings. "The law provides appropriate agencies with the information necessary to take appropriate action," says New Jersey Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, the bill's co-sponsor. "Many school buildings in the state were constructed decades ago and do not have adequate fire suppression systems, while others have systems that are not fully operational. This is a hazard."
New Jersey's Home Fire Problem & Solution
In 2013, 60 civilians and four firefighters died from fire, with the majority of these deaths occurring in residential settings.
- Home fire sprinklers can cut the risk of dying from a fire by 80 percent.
- In the event of a house fire, homeowners can expect financial losses 90 percent lower than those that occur from fires in unsprinklered homes.
- According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the average cost to install home fire sprinklers in a new home is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot. This is approximately one percent of the value of the home. When the cost is spread over a 30-year mortgage, it comes down to less than the price of a cup of coffee per week.
- Through the use of trade-ups, developers and builders can achieve reduced construction costs while providing higher value homes for their customers.
Video underscores effects of Today's Home Fires
The following video produced by the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB) showcases the quick intensity of today's home fires and rapid response of home fire sprinklers.
Homebuilder Says "No" to Request to Sprinkler New Home
"Home fire sprinklers should be a matter of consumer choice." That's a popular argument made by sprinkler opponents, who balk at code requirements for this life-saving feature. Instead, they say they'll be glad to install the devices if a homeowner asks for them. That's not what happened recently in New Jersey. Read the full story by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.