The New York State Code Council is considering lifting the statewide requirement for fire suppression systems in gas stations. Hung overhead, the systems have heat detectors that respond to any sudden rise in temperature by releasing a spray of fire-retardant chemicals. Fire officials credit these systems for saving lives – whether the fire is fully extinguished or suppressed, the system buys first responders and firefighters additional response time, and bystanders have more opportunity to escape.
The state has not taken an official position, but points out the measure has never been included in the International Fire Code. The vote is expected to occur on February 2. 2015.