City Council votes to reestablish stricter fire ordinance codes

By Vaughn Huelsman

Staff Writer

The South Pasadena City Council voted to change amendments in the South Pasadena fire code regarding installation of automatic sprinklers in certain types of homes on Wednesday, September 2. The former South Pasadena fire code was too lenient in accordance to the California fire code and the council members unanimously agreed to change sections in the South Pasadena code in order to match the state code.

Two former sections in specific within the municipal fire code exempted newly constructed and currently occupied single family dwellings less than three stories in height from the required installation of automatic sprinklers.
The council notably did not specifically mention why the municipal code did not meet the standards of the state code since its update in 2013. California updates its fire code every three years and will change it once again in 2016.