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.


In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 11, a devastating four-alarm fire tore through a multi-family home on East 21st Street in Bayonne, claiming the lives of an elderly and disabled husband and wife, hospitalizing three, and displacing eight families. The tragedy may have been worse if it weren’t for the firefighters’ valiant efforts to get everyone out, which included pulling five unconscious people from the burning building.

Residents have come to rely on smoke alarms to protect them during a fire but smoke alarms, while an important tool in protecting families from fire, are reactive and can only alert people to fire while doing nothing to proactively protect them from danger. Residential fire sprinklers proactively contain and extinguish fires sometimes quicker than it takes the fire department to arrive on the scene.

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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