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Fire sprinklers: Weighing safety with cost

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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:00 pm

There's little debate that fire sprinklers save lives - you've got a 97 percent chance of surviving a home inferno if they're installed, according to a widely reported fire safety statistic.

The disagreement, however, is whether sprinklers should be required in all new homes and businesses. A majority of the Galt City Council advocated for such an ordinance last month.

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  • posted at 7:14 pm on Sun, Feb 17, 2008.


    Audi 5000 wrote on Feb 11, 2008 10:00 AM: "Is fire a more imminent danger than burglary? How about mandatory alarms?"

    You've got a good point. I'd like to see some stats on burglaries vs fires.

  • posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    Your darn right my home is my castle! I don`t smoke, rarely use the fireplace and do not need anybody telling me I need a sprinkler system in my home! This is just "feel good, make it look like I`m doing something" type legislation. Businesses yes, homes no.

  • posted at 7:40 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    dogbark, if you knew how scabby and underpaid CenCal employees are, you'd realize that they probably can't afford them.

  • posted at 6:00 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    New commercial buildings have required sprinkler systems for at least the past 20 years. Insurance companies will not insure without them. Requiring owner occupied or rentals to have sprinklers is a different world. We still have the 4th amendment; Unlawful search and Seizure. Smoke detectors are mandated for rentals, but tenants remove them or the batteries. That is one of 3 reasons a rental owner with written notice to the tenant may enter the unit. Other cities have tried this and have failed for the same reason.

  • posted at 4:35 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    What a great addition to the Nanny government. Jack up the price of an un-affordable house even more ! Fewer firefighters ? Haha ! They will be asking for more to "inspect" and "certify" installed systems. I think we need safety glass in all windows, shatterproof light bulbs, CO monitoring in all garages, and electronic ignition on water heaters. Oh yeah, safety straps on all stairs. Get Nanny out of government !!! Another dumb Galt-o-dopey suggestion.

  • posted at 4:00 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    Is fire a more imminent danger than burglary? How about mandatory alarms?

  • posted at 3:59 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    Galt is passive-aggressively controlling growth.

  • posted at 2:49 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    speaking of safety; what is this cutting pipe without wearing safety glasses?

  • posted at 2:32 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    The cities of Monterrey and Santa Cruz have had these fire protection laws on the books for over 10 years and they're very beneficial. The problem I see is the cost that many people will be concerned about, and that's the real issue. If the cost were to be added to the house, would people be willing to pay for and mauntain that system? How about the annual and semi-annual tests that're required by the Fire marshal to ensure the system is even turned on and operating properly? It will help by requiring less firefighters to operate and maintain your town.
    I myself think it would be great to see everything firesprinklered, including all commercial business buildings and offices over 2000 SF. Those upper areas in downtown Lodi buildings are just an accident waiting for a place to happen. They all need to be sprinklered to protect the buildings themselves, not to mention the human lives of the people who shop and live there. A major fire in one of those tinder boxes will burn the whole block down. Galt's old buildings are in the same shape, but owners are too cheapo to protect them.

  • posted at 1:54 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2008.


    That's a commercial fire sprinkler and not a residential sprinkler, Chris.It looks like a Central concealed to me. Do some research on fire sprinklers and check out their amazing history and modernization. It's really very interesting. They go clear back to the late 1800's.



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