Commissioners give the OK to home fire-sprinkler ordinance |

Commissioners give the OK to home fire-sprinkler ordinance

Adam Jensen

Douglas County commissioners last Thursday approved an ordinance requiring automatic fire-sprinkler systems in some homes within the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District.

The ordinance exempts new structures less than 3,600 square feet from having to install automatic fire-sprinkler systems if the buildings meet fire-flow requirements.

The ordinance requires sprinklers in existing homes if an addition would increase the size of a home to more than 3,600 square feet.

The size requirement does not include so-called “accessory uses” such as garages, decks and covered walkways.

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