13 Apr '18, 8pm

Every home should have fire sprinklers

Every home should have fire sprinklers

It's not just about the fire either; it's also about flame retardants and health. Last week a man died on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower in New York City. The residential portion of the building did not have sprinklers; they did not become mandatory until 1998 and residential buildings did not have to be retrofitted. Then-developer Donald Trump, like most developers, complained that doing so is really expensive and retrofits are often ugly. This is true; one either has ugly exposed pipes, or drop ceilings or bulkheads all over and it makes a real mess. It's fine and easy in lofts where exposed pipes are a feature, not a bug, but not in fancy Fifth Avenue suites. Even in Florida, where residential sprinkler retrofits are required, condo owners can get out of it if they provide other safety measures and install them in the corridors. © LAURA BONILLA CAL/AFP/Getty Images T...

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