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Should the city of Lawrence require new single-family homes to be built with sprinkler systems?

Response Percent Votes
73% 713
21% 211
Not sure
4% 43
Total 967


pissedinlawrence 6 years ago


Richard Heckler 6 years ago

I would rather the city mandate green building codes.

M. Lindeman 6 years ago

Oh great!!! Let require something else that will make the price of the house even more expensive. Do any of you understand that those things are not only triggered by fire. They also get triggered from smoke, and once triggered the whole house gets soaked. You know when the wife gets distracted by the kids and something get forgotten in the oven. I have personally filled half the house with smoke when trying to broil steak with olive oil on it. The best thing people can do is having more than one smoke detector and fire extinguisher in the house.

yoornotmee 6 years ago

Oh, okay so I just searched and found the article about this. I didn't realize that it is for FIRE sprinkler systems. That makes a whole lot more sense than lawn sprinklers. I don't mind the motion to require sprinkler systems, as long as they don't go off every time you burn a casserole. Maybe there would be a delay so you could make it not go off if there's not actually a fire?

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Are interior sprinkler systems effective? Can extreme heat melt water lines?

yoornotmee 6 years ago

I think I might have missed something. Why would anyone consider requiring sprinkler systems? Am I understanding this correctly? Sprinkler systems, like the things that shoot water all over your lawn? Are they really so necessary that they should be a requirement? Will someone please fill me in here?

leexra 6 years ago

Don't feel bad Molly. I thought the exact same thing. HA HA!!I'm glad you did your research and figured it out. I agree with you about the time delay. That would be great.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

"I like Merrill's idea! That is, of course assuming that Merrill is using the term 'green' to mean environmentally-friendly or sustainable"Exactly as in "energy star" construction..... for residential and commercial.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 6 years ago

We need house condoms. The danged things need to quit breeding!~)

ridinghood 6 years ago

Would love to see the statistics on this. How many people die in house fires each year? How many would be avoided if they were required. We could cut down on traffic deaths if we all drove 20mph, but we can't legislate safety to that extreme.

SofaKing 6 years ago

Oh, Molly, your first post cracked me up. I thought you were kidding. The idea of the city requiring everyone to have lawn sprinklers just struck me as hilarious.

yoornotmee 6 years ago

I like Merrill's idea! That is, of course assuming that Merrill is using the term 'green' to mean environmentally-friendly or sustainable and not the actual color green, because, while I love the color green, having everything in every house be the color green would get old real fast :p

LA_Ex 6 years ago

Boeing, read the links I posted. This is getting monotonous.

davisnin 6 years ago

what about the excess apartments that need to mysteriously burn down every few years?

hujiko 6 years ago

Let's all live in bubble wrap from now on, we will be safer, I swear!

MaryKatesPillStash 6 years ago

Like it or not, there are many things that the City requires developers to do that makes homes more expensive but safer. This is not an extremely expensive measure (read: less than $5000 per house when installed during construction...for a 30-year mortgage, less than $15 a month).Davisnin--I'm not sure what apartment fires you are specifically referring to, but many older apartment complexes in Lawrence (the Boardwalk, for instance) have been "grandfathered in"--meaning fire codes were updated after the building was constructed, but the building was not forced to comply. It would be ideal to force landlords to retrofit properties to comply with current regulations, but that would be nearly impossible in many cases.

Boeing 6 years ago

As if Lawrence isn't already running people to move to Johnson County and elsewhere, there is a question of if they are going to make a stupid idea a required item to make houses even more expensive? Wow...Increased bottom line cost, increased (specialty) maintenance, and what if these things go off accidentally ( that has never happened)...

LA_Ex 6 years ago

rdragon go read the article. Sprinkler systems are triggered by heat. Read some of the links I posted. Unless you heat your house to around 150*, you don't have anything to worry about. Also, a sprinkler releases 8 to 25 gallons of water per minute compared to 50 to 125 gallons per minute from a fire hose. 1 in 16 million heads activates by accident.Source: USFA sprinklers myth and fact guide

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years ago

LA_Ex: "Sprinkler systems are triggered by heat. Read some of the links I posted. Unless you heat your house to around 150*, you don't have anything to worry about."You may not appreciate just how bad a cook I am.

KsTwister 6 years ago

ONLY if the city helps to pay for them like they did for the businesses downtown. ONLY

LA_Ex 6 years ago

tangential, maybe you should consider take-out. LOL.

Kat Christian 6 years ago

This is absolutely absurd. Has somebody lost their minds? What a waste - all for the sake of image and money - cause you know somebody's making the bucks here. I vote NO and NO again and again. Lawrence has bigger fish to fry. How about an ordinance for commuter parking - a designated area so they don't park in spaces that can be reserved for employees. That makes more sense. Someone obviously has too much time on their hands or someone's lining their pockets.

Kent Shrack 6 years ago

So, if we all retro fit sprinklers, can we have fireworks again?

Kat Christian 6 years ago

Opps my bad - fire sprinklers - now that's a different story.

Newell_Post 6 years ago

Frozen and leaking pipes are a much bigger problem than faulty heads. Remember Watson Library some years ago? Also, flushing and inspection fees. I wouldn't want them in my house.This is just another manifestation of the nanny state mentality: require everyone to spend vast amounts of money to try to avoid every little risk. (Egged on by the people who sell the things and have vested interests, of course.)Big buildings = fire sprinklers yesHigh rise buildings = yesApartment complexes = yesIndividual houses = no

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