It is unfortunate, but true; we are exceedingly reactive to fire safety in the United States. We change our regulations only when shocked into doing so; we always seem to ask, “How could this have happened” after major life-loss fires. It has been observed that “...fires involving major loss of life have resulted in important changes in building and fire codes and in standard protection and prevention practices.”
But, if we learn our lessons by studying the past; can we not be proactive in order to assure that history does not repeat itself? The fact of the matter remains “Automatic fire sprinkler use has the ability to solve much of America’s fire problem in every class of occupancy.”
Optimistically, this update of the Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Guide will encourage others to be a voice and move forward with the vision held by the original authors more than a decade ago; moving toward a safer future through the adoption of retroactive requirement for the installation of fire sprinkler systems.