On Monday, March 16, 2015, the New Jersey State Senate passed S2316, also known as the New Home Fire Safety Act, by a vote of 22 – 13. Bill S2316 is identical to the Assembly bill that was passed by a vote of 46 – 31 on June 26th, 2014. The New Home Fire Safety Act aims to reduce the life and property lost each year in New Jersey due to fire by requiring newly constructed one and two-family homes to install fire sprinkler systems. Governor Christie will have 45 days (from March 16, 2015) to either sign the bill into law, veto the bill or conditionally veto the bill based on stipulations. If you would like to inquire about a way to support the bill, please contacting David Kurasz at kurasz@nfsa.org.

FIRE SPRINKLER SAVE OF THE MONTH

A three-alarm fire destroyed a two-family home on Stevens Avenue in Jersey City on March 8th, 2015. The fire began on the second story of the building and was called in around 10:30 AM. Despite the Jersey City Fire Department arriving soon afterward, the building was significantly involved. The fire displaced seven people who lived in the structure where it started and another ten people who lived in two separate adjacent homes. This fire occurred just one day after five were injured and 14 were displaced in a multi-family home fire on Columbia Avenue in Jersey City. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the Stevens Avenue fire.


The New Home Fire Safety Act would ensure that the homes that will be rebuilt on this land would be equipped with a fire sprinkler system. The New Home Fire Safety Act is awaiting a vote by the full senate, which passed an identical bill in the last session.


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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