Texas bans fire codes in 70% of its counties
Despite fears that a fire code would force businesses to spend big sums on compliance, many problems can be fixed for little or no money, with the inspector serving as an adviser, Bliss said. Codes tend to teach more than punish.
“The application of a fire code is 95 percent educational,” Bliss said.
Bruce Johnson, director of fire-service activities for the International Code Council, said codes have been proved to save lives and property for a fraction of the cost of disasters.
In addition to those killed or hurt, the West blast may have caused $100 million in damage. The investigation cost $1 million more.
Experts have estimated that $40,000 worth of sprinklers might have prevented it.
Photo of building destroyed by West, Texas explosion – by State Farm