The New Jersey State Assembly passed Assembly bill A1698 on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 with a vote of 46 - 31. Bill A1698 or the "New Home Fire Safety Act" is meant as a life and property saving measure for residents of New Jersey and would require the installation of a fire sprinkler system in newly constructed one and two-family homes that are connected to a municipal water source. An identical bill was passed by the Assembly and Senate last year and was allowed to expire due to inaction from the Governor.

 

With each victory comes a new challenge. Getting the New Home Fire Safety Act passed through the Senate in time for Governor Christie to make a decision on the matter will require the continued support of the fire industry as well as constituents who would like to see New Jersey residents protected from the ravages of fire.

 

FIRE OF THE MONTH

Tragedy befell Newark, NJ in the morning hours of Father’s Day, June 15th, 2014. Six family members were killed in a fire that was accelerated by a large number of plastic flowers outside of the home. The victims who were believed to have been asleep while the fire spread were aged from 58 years to 11 years. Firefighters and neighbors tried to gain access to the home in order to rescue the victims however their best efforts were thwarted by the fast moving flames and intense heat. The New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board sends their condolences to the family and friends of the victims and would like to remind everyone to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and to learn about how to keep their family safe from the ravages of fire.


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.


RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER CODE NATIONAL UPDATE

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:

Maryland
California
 

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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