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Sprinklers Are a Risk

October 08, 2000

I am a nine-year resident of Glendale. I purchased a very small home in the La Crescenta area with the hope of adding onto the house when I could afford to do so. Now that I can, I am told that I must install fire sprinklers, of all things, in my entire house.

Aside from the cost burden--about $4,000, or 7% of the entire budget--I am vehemently opposed to sprinklers in single-family residences as they are a property damage hazard. If an earthquake causes them to discharge, everything I own would be destroyed, and there is no insurance coverage for it (I am an insurance broker and I know this as a fact). City government has gone way overboard here.

BRUCE C. NEWSOM

Glendale

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