Oppose Illinois House Bill 4609
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Representative Sara Feigenholtz has filed an amendment to Illinois House Bill 4609 that is is an attempt to take fire sprinklers out of any code that the Illinois State Fire Marshal can recommend to the JCAR Committee.
If this Bill passes in its present form, it would be the most regressive legislation ever proposed in the United States. No legislation strikes out fire sprinklers for all occupancies from the model codes as does HB 4609.
THE BILL IS SET FOR A FINAL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES READING ON FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014. PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW TO STATE YOUR OPPOSITION.
Welcome to Sprinkler Fitters Local 281
At the United Association of Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281, we're responsible for protecting businesses, schools, homes, and, more importantly, precious lives, from the devastation of fire. It's no wonder we take our jobs so seriously.
Too many cut corners by not installing reliable automatic sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, these shortcuts can lead to immeasurable damage. Statistics show that buildings with proper fire protection systems suffer twenty-four percent less damage and fire loss than unsprinklered properties.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 1983 to 1987, damage from hotel fires was seventy-eight percent less in building with sprinkler systems than those without. What's more, the water damage from automatic sprinkler systems is considerably less than from a fire department's hose stream because sprinkler systems require a minimal amount of water to operate. Oftentimes, a fire is brought under control by only three sprinkler heads, sometimes even fewer.
With so much riding on the skills of our Sprinkler Fitters, it is critical that our journeymen receive the best training available. In addition to a rigorous apprenticeship program, many UA Sprinkler Fitters choose to expand their skills by voluntarily participating in advanced training programs. Some even go on to become instructors through the United Association International Instructor Training Program.
The members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are committed to providing quality installation, service and repair to the piping and fixtures used in sprinkler systems. They know that when human lives are at stake, there is no room for error and there might not be a second chance to get it done right. That's why the Sprinkler Fitters of Local 281 do the job right, the first time, every time.