Updated fire and building codes developed to increase fire resistance in buildings and homes across California will take effect in January 2011. A key component in the 2010 code adoption is the addition of residential fire sprinklers in all new one and two family and town-home construction. For many years, installation of fire sprinkler systems has only been required in office buildings and multi-family dwellings like apartments. These sprinkler systems are proven to save lives and extinguish fires. For more information regarding California's adoption of the residential fire sprinkler requirement click here or visit the CAL FIRE-Office of the State Fire Marshal website.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) was formed in 1996 in response to the tremendous need to inform the public about the life-saving value of home fire sprinkler protection. HFSC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about residential fire sprinklers. HFSC offers educational material with details about installed home fire sprinkler systems, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website contains a lot of valuable information for consumers, builders, fire service, real estate agents, insurance agents and local officials. Click here to check it out.