BY JENNIFER SCIORTINO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRENTON â€“ Legislation sponsored by N.J. Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Jerry Green, Mila Jasey and Shavonda Sumter requiring the installation of fire suppression systems in newly-constructed single- and two-family homes advanced in the Senate yesterday.
Under the bill (A-1698), known as the â€śNew Home Fire Safety Act,â€ť a certificate of occupancy would not be issued for a new home until a state or local code enforcement agency determines that the home is equipped with a fire suppression system that meets state standards.
â€śRequiring fire suppression systems in new home construction is a simple, commonsense step that will save lives, limit property damage and reduce insurance costs,â€ť said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). â€śThey should be as commonplace in home construction as windows and doors.â€ť
â€śInstalling fire safety equipment in newly constructed homes is an important step toward improving public safety,â€ť said Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset). â€śA change like this can go a long way toward saving the lives of both residents and firefighters.â€ť