Thursday, July 23, 2009

West Michigan builders, safety officials join debate about requiring residential ceiling sprinklers

by Cami Reister The Grand Rapids Press
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:37 PM

The state Legislature is considering mandating that all new single-family and two-family homes have a fire sprinkler system, a concept that has firefighters and home builders at odds.

Supporters say it is a proven technology that will save lives. And while naysayers agree it could be a lifesaver, they believe the added cost would make homes unaffordable and suffocate an industry already on life support.

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