Texas bans fire codes in 70% of its counties

Texas bans fire codes in 70% of its counties - Dallas News, Sports, Weather and Traffic from The Dallas Morning News

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.

via Texas bans fire codes in 70% of its counties – Dallas News, Sports, Weather and Traffic from The Dallas Morning News.

Photo of building destroyed by West, Texas explosion – by State Farm

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth. https://twitter.com/mpeterworth

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