Letters to the Editor: Costly Fire Sprinklers Aren't Needed
I oppose the mandate that would require fire sprinklers as part of the code reported in your Nov. 2 issue, “NAHB Loses First Vote on Fire Sprinkler Mandate.”
This is absolutely unfounded and should not be part of any requirement or mandate. It’s just a bureaucratic, political effort to add yet another code that might be more appropriate for hotels and larger apartment buildings. Sprinklers are not needed at all in single-family homes and they impose an additional expense that is just not necessary.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Requirements for fire sprinklers in townhouses and condominiums are understandable because these are multifamily homes. They are not, however, understandable in single-family dwellings.
Not only are sprinkler requirements making it harder for families to afford housing, they are trampling property rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Now if a home owner elects to put in a sprinkler system, it should certainly meet code requirements.
At a time when the nation is trying to put health care and financial stability within reach of all Americans, it should also be promoting fair housing at a reasonable cost.
Tony J. Wetta