Sending Office: Honorable Max Rose
Please join me and Representative King in cosponsoring the Public Housing Fire Safety Act, a bipartisan bill to install sprinklers in public housing developments across the country.
Over two million Americans live in public housing. While the Federal Fire Safety Act of 1992 required the installation of sprinklers in all new government-owned high-rise buildings, it did not mandate sprinkler systems in those built before 1992.
This grandfathering leaves hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk. For example, 296 out of 316 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments are 30 years or older. While certain localities have adopted fire codes that address the problem of older
buildings, public housing agencies across the country face challenges in upgrading existing housing stock with updated fire suppression systems.
The Public Housing Fire Safety Act is a commonsense measure to prevent tragedies throughout the United States. Automatic fire sprinkler systems are an essential component of fire safety. Properly installed sprinklers respond to fires before the
heat, flames, and smoke spread further in high-rise buildings. Consequently, the rate of death of residential fires is 81 percent lower in homes with sprinklers. If adopted, the
Public Housing Fire Safety Act would create a competitive grant program in the Department of Housing and Urban Development for public housing authorities who wish to retrofit older high-rise apartment buildings with sprinkler systems, and collect data
on the status of sprinkler installations in public housing high-rises around the country.
The Public Housing Fire Safety Act is a life-saving bill which will protect millions of Americans through creating a competitive grant program to install sprinkler systems in public housing and funding studies which improve fire safety data collection.
If you have any additional questions or would like to cosponsor this crucial piece of legislation, please contact Asher Zlotnik (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Representative Rose’s office. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.
companion is endorsed by:
International Association of Fire Chief (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), National Fire Sprinkler Association, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO),
Minnesota NAHRO, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, National Housing Law Project, and the Congressional Fire Services Institute
e-Dear Colleague version 2.0