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Oppose Mandatory Installation of Fire Sprinklers in New Residential Construction

The Albany County Legislature is considering adopting a new law that would mandate the installation of residential fire sprinklers in all new residential construction of one- and two-family homes and townhomes in Albany County.

Please tell the Albany County Legislature to reject the proposal,Local Law "I".

The decision to install fire sprinklers in a home should remain a consumer's choice. Mandating fire sprinklers in all new homes will unquestionably increase the price of building, owning and maintaining a home in Albany County, and will therefore negatively impact an individual's or family's ability to afford to live here. Two separate quotes from local reputable companies came in at $9,150 and $14,600 to install a residential fire sprinkler system in a 1,750 sq. ft. home. Again, there is nothing preventing consumers from installing sprinklers in their homes right now if they so desire.

State law already requires any builder who is contracting to construct a one- or two-family residence, under three stories in height, to provide the buyer with information prepared by the Office of Fire Prevention and Control regarding the benefits of sprinkler systems while explicitly lining out what it will cost homebuyers prior to entering into a contract for construction of such dwelling. Providing this information is a transparent and common sense approach to increasing fire safety while respecting consumer choice. Nothing prevents consumers from installing sprinklers in their homes right now if they so desire.

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