The state recently adopted the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and left out fire sprinklers in new construction, which was established as Minimum Life Safety Code in 2009. The DCA did this despite calls from the fire service community that new construction methods leave residents and first responders vulnerable.

The DCA is also currently examining the “Cost VS Benefit” of fire sprinklers in new townhomes, which would protect a significant amount of new construction in this state. This stems from Governor Christies conditional veto of bill A1698, which was passed by the legislature in consecutive sessions following years of research and testimony.


A 78-year-old woman, her pet bird and two cats all perished in a tragic fire at a retirement village in Manchester, New Jersey on Saturday, September 26th. The fire, which was deemed accidental, started in the kitchen.

Upon learning there was a person trapped inside the building, first responders bravely forced their way into the home and found the victim unconscious. Fire does not discriminate, but the most vulnerable of our citizens are often the elderly, children and the disabled. Our thoughts and prayers go out the family and friends of the 42 New Jersey residents and 1720 U.S. residents that were killed by fire in 2015.


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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