In 2013 alone, only four-tenths one percent of existing homes had house fires. That’s four out of every 1000 homes.
And yet the State of Illinois Fire Marshall is pushing for a mandate in Illinois requiring fire sprinklers in all new home construction to reduce fire-related deaths, this despite the fact that 63% of fire fatalities occur in homes with no operational smoke alarms. This will put an undue burden on home builders and their customers by driving up home building costs as much as $6 per square foot while providing a negligible increase in safety that could just as well be achieved with a series of linked smoked detectors.
The Home Builders Association of Illinois wants to stop the State of Illinois Fire Marshall from pushing this mandate outside of the Illinois General Assembly and sending it through a special committee during the legislative break.
Find out more about this important issue and why it’s critical that we stand together to make sure it does not become law in the state of Illinois.