- September 3, 2018
According to researchers, fire disasters kill about 4000 people each year in the country and about 78% of deaths occur in residential properties. This is why a majority of people are particular about installing a fire sprinkler system in their property. To ensure the safety of the residents of the city, New York City is always improving and updating its sprinkler systems on residential properties.
According to Dominick Ciccarelli, the NYC Department of Buildings is always improvising the way sprinklers work and so, specific changes are made to the codes and laws. The change in codes provides an additional level of safety to your home in an event of an emergency.
A recent modification in the NYC Department of Buildings’ codes states that family homes require a water sprinkler system to be installed. Installation of smoke detectors and water sprinklers decreases the chance of death due to the fire by 82%!
New York City Fire Codes
- NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
- NFPA 13D – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes
- NFPA 13R – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies
The NYC Department of Buildings has only the three types of residential homes where NYC fire code makes the automatic water sprinklers optional:
- Detached one-family dwellings.
- Detached two-family dwellings.
- Townhouses, also known as multiple single-family dwellings.
Are water sprinklers a financial burden for homeowners?
While each and every homeowner in the city wants to protect their family, water sprinklers are one of the main changes that have been made mandatory for commercial buildings taller than 100 feet. However, the new system is quite an expensive affair for residential property owners.
That said, water sprinklers are optional only if the structures are not taller than three stories above grade. If the conditions set by the NYC Department of Buildings are not met, the system becames mandatory. The Department of Buildings expert Dominick Ciccarelli advices homeowners to install the water and automatic sprinkler system to make sure the occupants of the property are safe.