Fire Safety Expert Clarifies Home Fire Sprinkler Liability Issue

Posted on November 10, 2010 by John OReillyNo Comments

Municipal water authorities can easily resolve liability concerns regarding the suspension of water service to homes with state-mandated residential fire sprinklers, according to Paul McCulloch, NICET III, lead fire protection designer for Fire Safety at Uponor Inc.

“Potential liability issues have been successfully resolved by more than 400 jurisdictions across the country that already require sprinklers in new-home construction,” said McCulloch, speaking on Nov. 5 at a joint meeting in York, Pa., of the Central Section Water Works Operators’ Association of Pennsylvania (WWOAP) and the North and South Central Districts of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) of Pennsylvania.

McCulloch, who was recently appointed to the Residential Fire Sprinkler Design and Installation Exam Development Committee by the International Code Council® Board for International Professional Standards (BIPS), cited a number of examples of how jurisdictions have effectively indemnified water authorities that terminate water service to homes with fire sprinkler systems.

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