In New Jersey it is not currently mandatory for most new homes to be constructed with residential fire sprinklers, but did you know that even if you want them installed in your new home the builder can refuse?’s Karin Price Mueller investigated why Toll Brothers, a national builder, would refuse to install fire sprinklers in this New Jersey man’s new home.


On the morning of January 2nd, 2016 an 88-year old woman was killed in a fast moving fire in her home in Readington Township, New Jersey. This fire was not being investigated as suspicious and there were no breaking headlines across the State.

The only shared link between this fire and the fires that claimed another 55 lives in 2015 is that no fire sprinklers were present and all ended in tragedy. The only thing that sets this fire apart is that this was the first civilian fire fatality in New Jersey in 2016. There will be more. There always are.

Governor Christie conditionally vetoed Assembly Bill A1698 (The New Home Fire Safety Act). The DCA is researching the cost/benefit of mandating fire sprinklers in all newly constructed townhomes. To find out how to support this initiative please email David Kurasz at



Please find below a list of states that have adopted the 2009 International Residential Code, which includes the requirement that all new one- and two-family homes are required to have life-saving fire sprinkler systems:


The NJFSAB would like to congratulate the residents, lawmakers and regulatory decision makers in the above states for recognizing the importance of residential fire sprinklers in saving lives and property.  For more information on the status of the IRC adoption in other states, please click here. (The above states are listed in date order that the 2009 IRC code was adopted.)

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