College students get bombarded with information, stats and amenities from their schools when making their housing selections. Conspicuously missing from the material at most schools, however, is information about the dorm or campus housing’s fire suppression system. That could change across the nation under a new bill proposed by New York Rep. Steve Israel.
As he explains in an in-depth Q&A in the Perspectives feature in the all new September/October issue of NFPA Journal, Israel’s bill would require schools to inform students several times about whether their rooms have sprinklers. The schools would also be required to report information about bedroom sprinkler coverage to the government for tracking. Israel’s bill, as well as very similar legislation that passed in New York state in 2013, was inspired by a tragic fire at Marist College in 2012 where three students died in an unsprinklered off-campus apartment.
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