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Do we need sprinklers in our condominium

The question of do you need sprinklers in your condominium comes up all the time.

I wish I had the answer. The answer lies with you, and also with the law. If you feel that it is in the best interest of the safety of the condo unit owners, then you need them. If it is the law, then you need them.

sprinkler for your condoDo sprinklers save lives. Yes!  Do they save property Maybe! In actuality, sprinklers freeze, leak and inadvertently go off causing water damage. is the risk worth the reward? I think so.

The laws are all over the place. From what I see, they are very specific if you have new construction and or doing a major renovation. Check with your local building inspector before going forward. This can be expensive.

If you are renovating, you might find that the local codes require you to add the sprinkler system in your condo. If so, and you feel that it is not right, you can appeal in most areas.

The appeals board will look at the law, and whether it is reasonable to ask you to do this. If the renovation is for $10,000 and it would require a $60,000 investment in a sprinkler, is that reasonable?. Can it be done? If the project does not include opening the walls, then it may not be reasonable to ask you to do it.

The law looks at standards. The standards are not the same for a 1-3 unit condo as it is for a high rise, and the standards of a nightclub are not the same as a condominium complex.

Good luck!  remember to check your local laws.

Should I get a home sprinkler system for my condo

Home sprinklers save lives.  fact

What is the cost benifit?

5 myths about home sprinklers.

 

5 MYTHS ABOUT HOME FIRE SPRINKLERS

 

1. When one sprinkler goes off, all the sprinklers activate.

The sprinkler heads react to temperatures in each room individually, allowing only the sprinkler closest to the fire to activate. In fact, 90 percent of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.

2. A sprinkler could accidentally go off, causing severe water damage to a home.

Records show that the likelihood of this occurring is very remote. In addition, residential fire sprinklers are designed and tested to minimize such accidents.

3. Water damage from a sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage.

The sprinkler system will limit a fire’s growth. Therefore, damage from a residential sprinkler system will be much less severe than the smoke and fire damage if the fire had continued unabated, or the water damage caused by firefighting hose lines.

4. Home sprinkler systems are expensive.

The cost of installing home fire sprinklers averages $1.61 per square foot for new construction, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment report produced by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. To put the cost of a sprinkler system into perspective, that is roughly the same amount people pay for carpet upgrades, a paver stone driveway or a whirlpool bath – none of which save lives.

5. Requiring residential fire sprinklers will inhibit new home construction.

A 2009 study conducted on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compared residential home construction in four counties in Maryland and Virginia – two with sprinkler mandates and two without. The study concluded the presence of sprinkler mandates did not have a negative effect on the number of homes being built.

 

* info from the Claims Journal