To the Editor:
Here we go again. The push for residential sprinklers by the sprinkler industry and fire departments ramps up again. The fact remains that consumers don’t want them, they require ongoing maintenance, and most importantly, they don’t make homes safer.
Finally, they are far more costly than what the proponents contend. As a builder, I would be happy to install them when a consumer asks for them, but they never do.
Even when given the option of having them, they almost always opt out. I would suggest that anyone who believes that this is an important life/safety issue ask any firefighter or code official whether they have sprinklers in their home. When they say no, ask them why not.