From the Star Ledger:
Builders in New Jersey may soon have to install fire suppression systems in all new single or two-family homes.
A state bill, the New Home Fire Safety Act, would prohibit officials from issuing a certificate of occupancy for such homes until a fire suppression system abiding by state code is placed.
It was turned over to a Senate committee early this month but has not yet come to the Senate floor for a vote.
Its aim, supporters say, is to protect residents and firefighters by getting a jump on controlling flames early on. But it would also bring added costs for a real estate industry trying to recover from a drawn-out downturn.
Home fire suppression systems basically consist of piping that brings water to heat-sensing sprinkler heads placed throughout the structure. Proponents and leaders in the industry say that they can quickly contain fires at their origin, make firefighters’ jobs much safer and giving much added protection to residents.
“This is a simple, commonsense step that will quite simply save lives and property,” Wisniewski, the Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, said.
“We know these suppression systems are effective, so there’s really no reason whey they shouldn’t be as commonplace in new construction as windows and doors.”
Green, the Speaker Pro Tempore, agreed.
“Ensuring public safety is among our top priorities, and this would be an important step toward ensuring fire safety in new construction,” he said.
“A change like this can go a long way toward saving lives of residents and firefighters, and that’s always a good thing.”