Sprinklers a Must in Some New Chicagoland Homes

June 20, 2012

New metro Chicago real estate will have to be built with fire sprinkler systems in one northern suburban.

Fire SprinklerThis week, officials from the Village of Gurnee passed an ordinance adopting the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), which requires fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family homes and townhomes.

According to the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), 85 percent of fire deaths in 2010 occurred at home.

So as to avoid residents from becoming part of the residential fire death statistics, Gurnee joined 77 other municipalities and fire protection districts in Illinois that require fire sprinklers in one- and two-family homes.

Fire Chief Fred Friedl, Fire Marshal Tom Keefe, and the Gurnee Fire Department, as well as Community Development Director David Ziegler, were instrumental in the adoption of the IRC and its fire sprinkler requirements.

“In the end, the Village Board understood the importance of the life-safety protection that fire sprinklers provide in homes,” said NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia.

“With this fire sprinkler ordinance, Gurnee has become a model community for fire safety. Congratulations to Mayor Kristina Kovarik and all of the Village Board for recognizing the important role that fire sprinklers play in protecting the lives of Gurnee residents.”

The new law takes effect immediately.

There is a continuing education class online that will teach architects, home builders and other professionals all about fire sprinkler systems for new one- and two-family homes. Visit homefiresprinkler.org for more information.

Categories: Education

About The Author

Read All Stories By Tracey

Leave a Comment