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New home burns built 2019, man dies


Oct 22, 2009
The intent of residential sprinklers to afford the occupants extra time to exit the dwelling in the event of a fire whereas, NFPA 13 and 13R systems are designed to protect the occupants and contents. Even among fire marshals their is confusion. I have seen several allow new developments to install residential sprinklers instead of storage tanks for the fire department to draw water from.

The other big issue is water companies. Many are requiring a separate dedicated feed for the residential sprinklers, which is not required by the IRC or NFPA 13D. The main driving factor for the dedicated feed is liability in the event they need to shut the water off to the residents.