292020Jun

Alamance Fire Sprinkler Incentive Program

The Alamance County Inspections Department is excited to announce the first participant in the Alamance Fire Sprinkler Incentive Program! Concept Builders of Burlington is pleased to take advantage of the program with a home they are building at 1025 Soapstone Trail in Snow Camp.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Home fire sprinklers can dramatically reduce the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire. Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers help save lives.”

To encourage home fire sprinkler installations, the Alamance County Inspections Department created the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Program in order to promote public safety, raise awareness of the benefits of home fire sprinkler systems, and help defray the cost of their installation in new homes. This program discounts the cost of a new home permit by 50% when a non-required home fire sprinkler system is installed. There is also no fee charged for the plan review or permit for the sprinkler system itself.

The Inspections Department wishes to promote public awareness of this important safety feature via our incentive program. Per the NFPA, United States fire departments responded to an estimated 1,318,500 fires in 2018. These fires resulted in 3,655 civilian fire fatalities and 15,200 civilian fire injuries; most or all of these could have been prevented if homes were protected by a residential fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinklers are required by law in all new residential construction in places like California, Maryland and Washington DC. The hope is that residents will become more
informed about this important safety feature.

For more information about the Sprinkler Incentive Program, please contact Robert Key, Inspections Director at Robert.Key@alamance-nc.com or visit https://www.alamance-nc.com/inspections/.