04/03/10 52 W - + 3 - 9 Just Say No

FireNews Editor-in-Chief Jeff Harkey (and proud owner of a residential sprinkler system, he notes) has blogged about the anti-sprinkler billboard being seen in South Carolina, and news of which has been making the rounds. Read his blog posting to learn more about this strangeness.

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One thing I have learned in my 51 years, add the term “required” to anything, any idea, no matter how good or whatever, and people will come out against it. Of course, it is their right, and I once raised my right hand and swore an oath to uphold that right.
DJ - 04/03/10 - 11:38

It is indeed unfortunate that society does not understand the importance of residential sprinklers, no matter what we do to educate the “public.”
A.C. Rich - 04/03/10 - 17:48

The benefits of residential sprinklers are really a no-brainer. The HBASC might as well be saying: “we want to cause as much pain and suffering as possible to save our profits.” I’m really beside myself in disbelief at this hyperbolic misrepresentation by the HBASC. Really sad.
BC - 04/04/10 - 11:39

It is indeed amazing how political and/or government perception (as DJ said) can affect the overall rationality issue. I can see how a reader that is not informed on the overall “fire problem” could see the sprinkler initiative as intrusive into some interpretation of “individual rights.” As the Dems are in control now, it is probably a good time for the passage of residential sprinkler ordinances nationwide… due to less conservative views and the prominence of “big government.” Not to discuss politics here, but our socio-political systems are fascinating.
A.C. Rich - 04/04/10 - 12:01

It’s even more saddening that our safety as people hinges ultimately on politicians that can be bought. Trust me, when the time comes that I can afford to build my own house, if the state hasn’t made residential sprinklers mandatory in new construction, I’ll be adding the system to the build, along with stick-built roofs (no trusses) and no “engineered” beams. I’m into having as much time to get out and a way to help keep less of my investment from going up in flames as possible, along with keeping my firefighting brethren as safe as possible if they have to put my house out.

@DJ, I think, unfortunately, free speech tends to undermine what little common sense is out there. That and money.
Duda - 04/06/10 - 09:09

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