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Some want fire sprinklers to be mandatory in homes

Some want fire sprinklers to be mandatory in homes



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The group that sets the recommended fire codes for buildings around the country wants all new homes to have fire sprinkler systems put in them.

The International Code Council says by 2011 it will be mandatory in their code to install fire sprinkling systems in new homes. But State Fire Marshal Ron Morris says Utah's code committee will vote whether or not to accept this new code.

Morris says he'll be pushing for it to pass. "It is probably the largest tool we have to help prevent loss of life in residential fires," he said.

Home builders groups and associations around the country, including some in Utah, have been fighting against mandated fire sprinklers, saying they add too much cost to a new home.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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