Friday, June 20, 2008

Sprinklers to be Mandatory in New Apartment Buildings in Ontario

A move to mandate sprinkler systems in all new Ontario condos and apartments four storeys tall or higher was welcomed by firefighters Wednesday, although they said the new rules fell short of what they were hoping for.

While the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs applauded the announcement made by Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Jim Watson, the group suggested sprinklers should be mandatory for all new residential construction projects.

The building code changes follow public consultations and will take effect April 1, 2010.

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