FEMA's US Fire Administration has announced its support of the 2009 International Residential Code, which mandates the installation of fire sprinklers in all new homes beginning in 2011.

After 30 years of testing, research and development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administrationhas announced its support of the 2009 International Residential Code, which mandates the installation of fire sprinklers in all new homes beginning in 2011.

About 90% of all fires occur in the home, fueled by new lightweight construction and more flammable home contents. Due to these two factors, the time available to escape a house fire has lessened from 17 minutes 20 years ago to three minutes today, according to a cost-benefit analysis by FEMA.