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New California homes must have fire sprinklers beginning 2011

Staff Reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Beginning in 2011 all new one and two-family homes and townhouses built in California must have automatic fire sprinkler systems.

The California State Building Standards Commission voted Tuesday unanimously to adopt the 2010 California Residential Code, which includes the 2009 International Residential Code as established by the International Code Council in September 2008. The residential sprinkler requirement was voted into the 2009 IRC Code by building code officials from all over the United States, gaining more than two-thirds of the vote.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3,320 people died in fires in 2008 throughout the United States. According to the NFPA, there has never been a documented fire death in a residence with fully operational sprinklers and working smoke detectors.

and#8220;It is a tragedy for our nation to have those kinds of preventable fire death losses,and#8221; said Lake Valley Fire Protection District Fire Chief Jeff Michael.

For more information about the new building standards codes coming in 2011, contact the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Fire Prevention Bureau at (530) 577-3737.