Bill Text: NH HB1286 | 2012 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Relative to the installation of sprinklers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Failed) 2012-02-01 - House Inexpedient to Legislate: Motion Adopted Voice Vote; House Journal 13, PG.746 [HB1286 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2012-HB1286-Introduced.html






AN ACT relative to the installation of sprinklers.

SPONSORS: Rep. Mirski, Graf 10; Rep. Burt, Hills 7

COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways


This bill prevents the fire marshal from requiring sprinklers in a public building where there is inadequate water supply.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve

AN ACT relative to the installation of sprinklers.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Sprinklers; Inadequate Water Supply. Amend RSA 153:5 to read as follows:

153:5 Rules. The state fire marshal shall adopt rules, with the approval of the commissioner of safety, to be known as the state fire code, pursuant to RSA 541-A, to further the purposes of this chapter and such applicable fire safety and building laws as he shall deem necessary for the protection from fire and fire hazards for people in the state and for the general welfare of property and people within the state. The rules may include, but not be limited to, the keeping, storage, use, manufacture, sale, handling, transportation, or disposal of highly flammable materials and rubbish, and of flammable fluids and compounds and flammable tablets and may include standards for the materials and construction of receptacles and buildings to be used for any of these purposes. The fire marshal may adopt the most recent edition of the provisions of the national fire protection association code or other recognized codes as rules, in whole or in part; however, such rules shall not require automatic suppressant or sprinkler systems in detached one- or 2-family dwelling units in a structure used only for residential purposes, in areas of buildings or additions in which the discharge of water would be undesirable as determined by the state fire marshal, in buildings where the fire marshal deems there is inadequate public water supply for a sprinkler system, or in rooms or areas containing either generators, transformers, telecommunications equipment or facilities, or electronic data processing equipment, or in telecommunications or electric utility company equipment buildings or areas occupied exclusively for telecommunications equipment, electrical transformation and switching equipment, associated electrical distribution equipment, batteries, and standby engines or generators, provided that those spaces or areas are equipped throughout with an automatic fire detection system. The rules shall apply to the construction and remodeling of buildings and structures for the containment of flammable liquids and to the new installation and replacement of equipment used in connection with flammable liquids. The rules shall apply to existing buildings, structures, or equipment. The fire marshal may exempt a building, structure, or equipment from such rules if he or she finds that such exemption does not constitute a hazard to the public welfare and safety. A reasonable time, as determined by the state fire marshal, shall be allowed to make necessary alterations. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent municipalities from adopting bylaws or ordinances relative to a subject area of rules adopted by the fire marshal in accordance with this section if such bylaws or ordinances are no less restrictive than those adopted by the fire marshal.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.