Walker administration backs off apartment sprinkler move
Firefighters warn of gov's fire safety overhaul
MADISON, Wis. — Firefighters warn that moves being made by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to overhaul Wisconsin’s electrical and building codes could costs lives.
The state Department of Safety and Professional Services plans to end a requirement that builders install fire sprinklers in new housing projects with three to 20 units.
The department also is declining to expand the use of circuit interrupters that prevent fire and electrocution. A panel of experts voted 9-1 last year to expand the use of circuit interrupters. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that department officials rejected the recommendations.
Advocates for burn victims say circuit interrupters would add only a few hundred dollars to the cost of a new home.
A department spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment Wednesday.
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