NY codes don't require sprinklers in all schools
After two elementary school fires in less than one week, some Long Island parents are concerned about what they think is an oversight in sprinkler requirements.
According to state building codes, sprinklers are only required in educational spaces without fire walls of more than 20,000 square feet. Officials say schools are normally divided into many smaller classrooms, which means sprinklers are not mandatory.
Second Asst. Chief Tom Magno, of the Dix Hills Fire Department, says sprinklers could help children and teachers evacuate school buildings should a fire occur. Magno and many Long Island parents believe the requirements should be revised.