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Some Officials Concerned With Building Legislation That Would “Un-Require” Sprinklers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A bill to un-require fire sprinklers in many new homes in Pennsylvania is moving through the legislature, much to the dismay of those who say sprinklers save lives.

Builders complained about the sprinkler requirement before, during and after its passage, saying the expense will hurt home construction when it’s already soft. Optional sprinklers, fine: mandatory, no.

But Patsy Porter, president and CEO of The Burn Foundation, says you don’t get the option to pick cheaper less-safe electrical outlets, while on wheels.

“You can’t say, I’d like the car but hold the airbags. Can you imagine buying a car without seat belts? We don’t get a choice because we know they keep you safer.”

Porter says smoke detectors aren’t the whole answer because today’s fires don’t burn, they erupt, and “Twenty years ago you had an average of 20 minutes to get out of a burning structure. Today you have an average of three minutes.”

That is because of how modern homes are built and furnished.

Reported By John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio.

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  1. Ray says:

    This has to be some of the more ridiculous legislation I’ve heard being considered in a while. Perhaps we should stop putting child-proof caps on pill bottles. Having these difficult to open caps only makes it harder on young children to open grandma’s Oxycontin script because Junior thinks it’s candy and by imposing such draconian restrictions, aren’t we really just violating that child’s right to freedom anyway?? This is just another avenue of government being too big. Please, think of the intent of the original frames. Would they have wanted child-proof caps on dangerous pill bottles? I’m sure it’s in the Constitution somewhere. Has to be!

    1. Lou says:

      Do you have sprinklers in your home?

  2. KYW 1060 REPORTS "BUILING LEGISTATION :???? says:

    IS THIS A SPELL CHECK ERROR ………… OR, SPEAKING OF THE UNIONS INPUT
    WHAT WAS MEANT WAS “BULLYING LEGISLATION ?””

    TIME TO TAKE A PAUSE AND SMILE KYW.

    OH BY HH YOU KNOW THIS COMMENT WILL BE MODERATED……….!!!!

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