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Home Sprinkler Systems
By Andy Rauwolf


December 11, 2007
Tuesday AM

Hats off to Charles Edwardson's letter. I couldn't agree more. One point about home sprinkler systems needs to be emphasized. Sprinkler systems in homes DO NOT save lives. SMOKE DETECTORS save lives. By the time sprinklers are triggered by heat chances are the occupant has already succumbed to smoke. There are very few cases that can be made otherwise.

Sprinklers are designed to save property but as Mr. Edwardsen stated, the water damage caused by sprinklers is also a very significant factor. Often they are triggered by accident of by freezing. What is even more significant is the huge cost this will add to the price of a new home. The entire issue of home sprinkler systems is frivolous. That is why the National Association of Homebuilders has come out strongly against it.

Come on city council, think before you act on this one.

Andy Rauwolf
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Owner: Tongass Construction; Past President Ketchikan Homebuilders Association; Board of Director: National Association. of Homebuilders"

Received December 10, 2007 - Published December 11, 2007


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