Grand Jury Calls for Sprinklers in New Homes

From Times Staff Reports

New homes built in Orange County should be equipped with automatic sprinkler systems to combat fires, the Orange County Grand Jury said Thursday.

Such fire sprinklers, installed in the ceilings of new one- and two-family residences, could reduce fire-related property damage countywide by at least 60%, according to the jury's report.

Most California counties, including Orange, adhere to the state building code, which requires sprinklers in commercial buildings but not residential structures.

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