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Should all new homes built in New York state be equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems?

Panel to recommend action to governor

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Should all new homes built in New York state be equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems? That’s the question being debated right now by the state’s Sprinkler Task Force, an eight-member subcommittee of the New York State Building Code Council. The Code Council is slated to vote on the matter Feb. 13, and if the outcome is in favor of the building code requirement, the recommendation will proceed to the governor’s office. Should Gov. Andrew ...


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grant18
January 28, 2013
7:43 p.m.

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It's certainly a wonderful idea for anyone not affected by the cost, such as the members of the Task Force, who almost certainly have houses that would be grandfathered. But as is very well pointed out by the builders, no home buyer will even consider it on a cost vs benefit basis after calculating the odds of being saved from dying in a house fire.

mareline
January 28, 2013
9:27 p.m.

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And then what happens to the house and belongings when it goes off accidentally?

hodgkins.t
January 29, 2013
12:24 a.m.

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how many lives have been saved in states where this has been enacted? what is the fire/ death ratio in homes w/ sprinklers v. fire death ratio in homes w/ no sprinklers? how many units does an apt building need to have now before a sprinkler system is required?

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