Number of Fires Deaths in 2019 since Jan. 1, 2019
Stop Fires and Save Lives
New Jersey Assembly Bill A3974 and Senate Bill S2539
A3974 sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, and S2539 sponsored by Senator Teresa Ruiz, the "New Home Fire Safety Act," requires the installation of fire suppression systems in new single and two-family homes during the construction of the home.
52 People lost their lives
to home fires in 2018
Every year, New Jersey families suffer the devastating consequences of home fires.
According to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety report, "Fire in New Jersey 2016," over 26,000 structure fires occurred in the Garden State in 2016. Approximately 54% of these fires took place in one- or two- family dwellings. The report noted the total damage to property and contents due to fire in residential structures reached nearly $83 million, and losses exceeded $50 million for one- or two- family dwellings.
The emotional toll taken on those who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a residential fire is far greater than numbers can measure. According to data collected by the U.S. Fire Administration 52 individuals in New Jersey – some of them children – lost their lives in a residential fire in 2018. So far, 22 people have died in home fires since Jan. 1, 2019.
Meanwhile, research shows that installing fire sprinklers in residential structures both saves lives and protects property for less than the price of a daily cup of coffee (on average, $4,000 over the life of a 30-year mortgage). In fact, California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia have all required fire sprinklers in all one- and two- family homes, while 17 other states have at least some county or municipality with a fire sprinkler ordinance. Beyond that, the International Residential Code – which creates minimum regulations for residential structures – has long recommended that one- and two- family homes be constructed with fire sprinklers.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the threat of fire is greater than ever before and if you have a home fire today you are more likely to die than you were in 1980. As furniture and other home goods are increasingly constructed with highly flammable materials, and homes are continually built closer and closer together, the speed at which the contents of an average home burns is dangerously fast.
New Jersey has the opportunity to join other forward-thinking states in preventing the loss of life and property associated with fire. Join our growing coalition to make fire safety a priority for New Jersey families.
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