Lewes City Council passes ordinance to require fire suppression in new construction

LEWES, Del. – The City of Lewes is adding to required safety measures to protect its residents.

Monday night, City Council passed an ordinance that would require fire suppression in all new construction.

“It’s going to be very beneficial because it’s going to give the occupants more time to get out,” said Lewes Fire Department Chief Woody Magee.

Chief Magee says this could be key to preventing injuries or even saving lives in a fire. He tells 47 ABC the average sprinkler system puts out about 30 to 35 gallons of fire suppressant a minute. That could be crucial in the moments before firefighters arrive at a scene.

“It’s going to be very beneficial because it’s going to give the occupants more time to get out. The average sprinkler head will go off at about 135 degrees. So, that’s a very low threshold,” said Chief Magee.

Fire suppression systems are also a useful tool for the firefighters themselves, according to Chief Magee.

“Once we get there, we have to assess whether or not the sprinkler system is doing its job and we can either hook up to the system and give it more pressure, or we can shut it off and finish putting the fire out,” he said.

Chief Magee says he hopes to see regulations like this become more common in the future. “It’s something I think that we should try to do statewide, and get this for all new construction, and hopefully get it for houses that are already done,” said Chief Magee.

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