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In October, State Law was changed to require fire sprinklers in all new homes larger than 4,500 square feet. Eighty-five percent of all fire deaths occur in homes, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Automatic fire sprinklers cut the risk of dying in a house fire by 80 percent. Yet, less than 5 percent of all homes, including multi-unit homes, have sprinklers. Should all homes have sprinkler systems?

The City of Edina is interested in what you think about residential fire sprinklers.

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

 

Topics

Given research on the effectiveness or sprinklers, should the City of Edina require all new single-unit residential construction have fire sprinklers installed, regardless of size? Why or why not?

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Topic: Cost/Benefit

According to the NFPA, the cost of installing a home fire sprinkler systems averages $1.35 per sprinklered square foot. Oftentimes, homeowners’ can receive a discount on their homeowners insurance when a system is present. Do you think the potential benefit outweighs the cost of the system? Why or why not?

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In 2013, the Edina Fire Department responded to nearly 900 fire calls, a 19 percent decrease from 10 years prior. 26 fires were in private dwellings (1 or 2 family homes. Additionally, 3 fires were exposure fires (the fire started in another dwelling and spread)  Ten or fewer fires per year, on average, are medium to major structure fires. Do you think sprinklers would help further decrease calls and major fires? Why or why not?

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