Though Governor Christie decided that newly constructed one and two-family homes in New Jersey should not have fire sprinkler systems installed as part of the minimum life safety code, despite most fire fatalities occurring in these residences, he has not yet ruled out fire sprinklers in all townhomes. Bill A1698, The New Home Fire Safety Act was conditionally vetoed and the New Jersey legislature will have a chance to advance the section of that legislation that can protect residents who will live in multi-family attached dwellings from fire.


A fire tore through an apartment building in East Windsor on Monday, May 11th in the early morning hours. The three alarm fire injured one firefighter and one resident who had to escape the flames through a second story window. It is not yet clear what sparked the blaze, but the fast action from firefighters led to the evacuation of all residents, though 28 are now displaced.

Most of the fatalities that occur from fire in New Jersey occur in residential properties in the early morning hours. To date 30 people have lost their lives in fires in New Jersey since January 1, 2015. A bill which would require fire sprinklers in all residential properties was conditionally vetoed by Governor Christie after passing the Assembly and Senate with bi-partisan votes. Instead Governor Christie has directed it to the state Department of Community Affairs to study whether it should require sprinklers for only new townhouses.

To support our efforts to get assembly bill A1698 passed, please click here  Completed resolutions can be sent to NJFSAB Executive Director David Kurasz at 2 King Arthur Court, Suite 1, North Brunswick, N.J. 08902.


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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