Virginia Regulators to Consider Sprinkler Requirement

By | July 29, 2009

  • July 29, 2009 at 1:05 am
    Lol says:
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    Unbelievable. Governments are out of control. They are also considering banning stairs in new contruction as there are more injuries from fails on stairs than fire. All masonry non combustible homes would be even better. Of course no one could afford one but it won’t matter once Cap and Tax is pasted because no one will be buying new homes.

  • July 29, 2009 at 1:23 am
    Jack J Maniscalco says:
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    Hey, here’s an idea. How about if we get my US Senator, the inimitable Charles “Chuckie” Schumer, to propose a law in the US Senate that building houses without a sprinkler system is a hate crime? It discriminates against gays, Latinos, women, dogs, cats, porcupines, and kumquats. Yessireebob, Chuckie can get this law passed. We will all get sprinkled by the US Government!

  • July 30, 2009 at 1:26 am
    jay says:
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    They are NUTS! Do you know the cost of cleanup from a sprinkler release? It’s a mess and the potential for false alarms is great in a house! What nut thought this up? Now FIRE EXTINGUISHERS should be mandatory! And learning how to use them should be mandatory also.

  • July 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm
    Charles Werner says:
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    What this story failed to report was that the Virginia Fire Chiefs suggested that the Board urge both the fire service and the homebuilders to sit down and talk about the desired outcome and see if there is middle ground or other options to accomplish the same goal.

    It does not need to be an all or nothing proposition and there are compelling issues on both sides of this discussion.

    VA Fire Chiefs Association

  • July 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm
    Charles Werner says:
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    There is a lot more that was not reported on this discussion. Here is the suggestion from the VA Fire Chiefs…

    Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner, spokesman for the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, said the argument shouldn’t be all or nothing.

    “Home builders and firefighters need to come together to see if we can come up with a middle ground,” he said.

    It’s important to sort out the truths and the myths, Werner said. “The most important thing is to start a dialogue. The issue is complex and emotional.”

  • August 6, 2009 at 11:01 am
    Bob says:
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    If the assumptions about the sprinkler systems are correct – that they will either extinguish the fire or retard the advancement of the fire – then less firefighters will be needed in Virginia. The budget suplus from the reduction in personnel in the fire deparment could be used as a tax credit given to those who build new homes. Lets see if the firefighter’s union will support the proposal if it is tied to the livelyhood of their members and not just to the residential construction industry workers/contractors.



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