DEFEND FIRE SAFETY MEASURES IN THE NATIONAL MODEL CODES
DEADLINE: May 24, 2016
From May 11 through May 24, 2016, all fire safety advocates in building and fire departments, who are International Code Council (ICC) members, are eligible to vote on floor motions using ICC's cdpACCESS website.
This voting period, called the Committee Action Hearing (CAH) online assembly floor motion vote, is an important part of the ICC code development process.
Your vote is critical for several reasons:
- Online votes cast at this stage shows the preferences and direction of the ICC membership.
- The tally of support or opposition is recorded and shown to the ICC membership later in the process.
- Voters in the subsequent Public Comment Hearing and Online Government Consensus vote may be influenced by the outcome of this vote tally.
- Historically, the outcome of this vote is an early indicator of the outcome of the final vote.
Here is a summary of the process to enter votes:
- Log into ICC's cdpACCESS website using your My ICC Username and Password (You may be asked to validate your Pin).
- On the upper toolbar, click the "Vote-AFM" tab.
- Search for proposals, such as typing "RB129" in the search box and hit enter.
- Click on highlighted (blue text) proposal number (for example: RB129-16).
- The ballot is on the right side. Select the appropriate action (for example: select "Oppose" for RB129-16).
- Enter your Pin.
Click on "Vote."
- When the vote is counted, a green bar at the top indicates "Vote(s) Saved Successfully."
- To go to the next proposal, scroll down to "Jump to Ballot" on the bottom right, enter the proposal, such as F158, and repeat process.
While it is important for members to register their vote for all online floor motions, we especially encourage supporting the following motions:
- RB129 - OPPOSE the assembly floor motion for AS SUBMITTED
- RB129 would move residential sprinklers from the main body of the IRC to the Appendix. The IRC committee voted 6-5 to keep residential sprinklers in the IRC (where it has been since the 2009 IRC), and is consistent with past committee actions to keep residential sprinklers in the IRC. A vote to OPPOSE the floor motion will align with the committee to disapprove this proposal and keep residential sprinklers as a requirement, not an adoptable option, of the IRC.
- F158 - SUPPORT the assembly floor motion for AS SUBMITTED
- F158 is a proposal for the IFC and IBC that increases fire and life safety in schools for students that are sheltered-in-place or locked down. Lockdowns delay and slow students and teachers from exiting the school building. Students are told to ignore fire alarms during lockdowns. A vote to SUPPORT the floor motion increases fire protection for students and provides flexibility for designers and school districts.
- F228 - SUPPORT the assembly floor motion for AS SUBMITTED
- F228 is a FCAC (Fire Code Action Committee) proposal that provides mass notification for all educational occupancies and several college/university occupancies. There are several proposals, including F158 and F228, that respond to the threats that occur daily in schools and university buildings. A vote to SUPPORT floor motion will require mass notification after a risk analysis for educational occupancies over 100 occupants. A vote to support this motion will assist an alliance organization, the American Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), who in the past has supported the fire sprinkler industry.
- F332 - OPPOSE the assembly floor motion for DISAPPROVED
- F332 is a FCAC (Fire Code Action Committee) proposal to protect smoke detectors/alarms during construction from dust and debris. If alarms and detectors are out of service, this proposal will require a fire watch. A vote to OPPOSE floor motion will support the committee's position for approved as modified. A vote to oppose this motion will assist an alliance organization, the AFAA, who in the past has supported the fire sprinkler industry.
Bringing Safety Home…
with Residential Fire Sprinklers
The majority of today’s fire deaths are occurring at home, the place where people tend to feel the safest. Here’s how you can help reduce these tragedies in your community:
- Get Educated - Visit the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative for free research repors, advocacy materials, and home fire sprinkler legislation updates
- Take Action - Join the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition
- Educate - Use the NFPA's infographics to spread the sprinkler message
- Inform - Tell builders/developers what they need to know about fire sprinklers with NFPA's free guide.
- Spread the Word - Share NFPA's videos, including case studies on cost-effective fire sprinkler installations.
- Advocate - Use NFPA templates to create op-eds supporting fire sprinkler requirements.
Click on the images above to view the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition's two public service announcements: The first PSA (left) features Hank Clemmensen, fire chief of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The second PSA (right) features a side-by-side comparison of a fire sprinkler-protected fire and an unsprinklered fire.
One Hundred Communities
One hundred communities in Illinois now recognize the lifesaving value of home fire sprinklers and have enacted progressive codes and ordinances requiring fire sprinklers in new homes.
(Click here or on the image to see a larger version of the 100 communities map.)