Large Minnesota homes will now be required to have built in sprinkler systemsMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Large Minnesota homes will soon be required to have built-in sprinkler systems.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Large Minnesota homes will soon be required to have built-in sprinkler systems.
But North Dakota ever see a similar fire prevention law?
The new provision applies to single-family homes that are 45-hundred square feet or more, and doesn't affect existing homes.
But current North Dakota law actually prohibits a similar action on this side of the Red River.
Firefighters have long touted the benefits of having a sprinkler system in the home to put out a fire as soon as possible.
But now, large Minnesota homes will be required to include that safety measure, large, as in more than 4500 square feet.
Gary Sather/Moorhead Resident: “I think it's great”
It will certainly cost more.
According to the Fargo-Moorhead Home Builders' Association, putting in a sprinkler system in a home amounts to about two dollars per square foot.
That's a minimum of nine thousand dollars for a 4500 square foot home, for lake homes it's more like $14,000, due to extra pumps that are involved.
Kyle Hanneman/Moorhead Resident: “I think it's good but I can see why it would frustrate some people
But it's not likely that a law like this will be happening in North Dakota anytime soon.”
As in Minnesota, 3-plexes and larger buildings in North Dakota are required to have sprinkler systems.
But in 2009, the North Dakota legislature passed a law that prohibits extending that to single-family homes.
Norman Scott/Fargo Fire Marshal: "Cities can have that in their own ordinances and fire codes, but we can't enforce it due to North Dakota law."
In fact, Fargo's fire code requires sprinklers in all new homes.
But just because you don't have to do it, doesn't mean you can't.
Scott: "You don't need this ordinance to have a sprinkler system in your home. It makes it a safer place."
For some context on how many people this new law will affect - there are seven homes in the city of Moorhead that are 4500 square feet or more.