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Support a stronger state anti-fire code.

The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) recently released a white paper report with claims that the expense of installing a fire sprinkler system in three- to six-unit residential buildings is too high and that not enough people are killed or injured in multi-unit residential fires to justify the requirement.

On July 10, seven people were killed in a multi-home residential building in Lowell. The building was housing nearly 50 residents at the time the 4 a.m. fire spread and smoke alarms, though properly installed, failed to warn residents of danger.

Many thousands of people across the commonwealth live in multi-unit residential homes including many in the dense Cambodian-American population in Lowell, who experienced the brunt of this horrific fire.

The BBRS has staked its claim in the fight against the protection of the populace that lives in multi-unit residential structures by siding with home builder profit margins over the safety of these hardworking families.

An outpouring of support for the fire safety measures which the BBRS would look to eradicate came soon after the filing of the report from the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the National Fire Protection Association and many others.

If you agree with these respected members of the fire safety community please consider contacting Chairman Brian Gale of the BBRS to express your concern for the members of our valued community that these fire codes have been created to protect.

JOHN GRANT

Fire Chief, Town of Milton

President

Fire Chiefs Association

of Massachusetts

Milton

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Title Annotation:Editorials
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 11, 2014
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