WISNIEWSKI: ‘REQUIRING FIRE SPRINKLERS WILL SAVE LIVES’

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) had the following published on www.newjerseynewsroom.com :

“We’ve heard the stories all too often — horrible fires that leaves fatalities in their wake, ripping apart families and ending lives too soon. These are tragic events, made even more so because in many cases they were preventable. Each year, approximately 4,000 people die in fires. In New Jersey, 85 people died and another 1,400 were injured in 2008. Statistics demonstrate that nearly 90% of fires occur in the home and approximately eight out of ten fire deaths are the result of home fires.

“That’s why I am a strong supporter of the Department of Community Affair’s September, 2009 proposal to amend the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The proposed amendments would require the installation of comprehensive fire sprinkler systems in all new townhomes and one and two family dwellings. They reflect the model 2009 International Residential Code and are absolutely critical to the health and safety of our residents…”


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