Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2001
High-rise sprinklers must become law
Once again Honolulu has experienced another high- rise fire. And once again, the talk begins about requiring the citys older high-rise buildings to "retrofit" with fire sprinklers.
The major opposition to retrofitting fire sprinklers in older buildings is, understandably, cost.
The City Council should package a law on fire safety with a tax incentive or tax break that would offset much of the cost of installation.
The cost both in human life and in property damage of a major high-rise fire would far exceed the expense of installing sprinklers. We must not wait until that lesson is learned the hard way.
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