KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Sioux Falls Looks At Stricter Sprinkler Codes



Bookmark and Share

In the past year Sioux Falls has experienced a number of fatal fires and before the most recent one that took the life of a two people on Tuesday the city of Sioux Falls was looking to make some changes when it comes to sprinkler systems in apartment buildings.

 

The city council established a task force to discuss how building codes can be stricter while still keeping prices reasonable for builders.

 

“The last 8 months Sioux Falls has seen a lot of tragedies,” said Kenny Anderson Jr.

 

Fires have killed children twice in the past 4 months in Sioux Falls and members of the city council are making fire safety a priority.  

 

Smaller apartments like the one that burned on Tuesday, do not require sprinkler systems. Any apartment with less than 16 units and shorter than two stories, do not require sprinklers according to the Sioux Falls building code. But, if stricter codes are enacted, money becomes an issue. 

 

“Those smaller buildings that are falling through, the ones that are basically affordable housing. How can we negate those costs into these building costs?” asked Anderson Jr.  

 

Sioux Falls fire officials spoke to the task force praising what they've seen sprinkler systems do in the past.

 

“We've never had a fire spread beyond the room of origin in a sprinkler apartment building,” said Fire Marshal Dean Lanier.

 

But, builders who are trying to keep rent low worry about the additional constructing costs. One builder estimates adding a sprinkler system to an 8 apartment unit would cost almost $21,000. 

 

But, fire crews say the extra cost could save lives down the road.

 

“We buy this construction for where we work and play forever. So, that building is going to stand and it's a place where you and I or our kids are going to rent 25 or 30 years down the line,” said Lanier.  

 

Sprinkler codes in Sioux Falls were last updated in 2000 and the city's fire marshal feels there can be a balance between cost and safety.  

 

“We have to strike a balance of both what's affordable and what's safe and I think there's room to do that,” said Lanier.  

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Portion Of Downtown SF Building Collapses

A portion of a historic building in Downtown Sioux Falls collapsed Tuesday ...

ESPN: "First Four" Could Come To SF  story with video

Watch out Dayton, Ohio your three year streak of hosting the opening round ...

Joan Jett To Break-In PREMIER Center

Jason Aldean is no longer the opening act for the Denny Sanford PREMIER ...

An Injured Bicyclist's Road To Recovery  story with video  Aug. 26

Lyon Park Renovations Relieve Safety Concerns  story with video  Aug. 26

BPI Beef Plant Reopens  story with video  Aug. 26

Britton Man Dies In Cement Truck Crash  Aug. 26

Democrats Asking For Testimony On EB-5  story with video  Aug. 26

Bigger Planes To Fly To SD During Hunting Season  Aug. 26

2 Injured In Car Vs. Bus Accident Near Inwood  Aug. 26

Young Pheasant Tally Shows Birds To Increase  Aug. 26

Pierre Asks Judge To Dismiss Stun Gun Lawsuit  Aug. 26

Democrats Asking 4 Men To Testify About EB-5  Aug. 26

Homebuyer Workshop To Help New Homebuyers  story with video  Aug. 26

No Bond Reduction For Rapid City Murder Suspect  Aug. 26

Pro-Marijuana Group Planning State Fair Protest  Aug. 26

$10K In Damage Still Halting Housing Project   story with video  Aug. 25

"It's A Huge Void." Amundson Remembered For Charity Work  Aug. 25

3,500+ Attend First Sanctioned MMA Fight In SD  story with video  Aug. 25

C-SPAN Makes Pit Stop In Sioux Falls  Aug. 25

KDLT News Archive
     

Britton Man Dies In Cement Truck Crash

A Britton man died after the cement truck he was driving flipped ...

2 Injured In Car Vs. Bus Accident Near Inwood

Two people were injured in a car vs. school bus accident ...

Joan Jett To Break-In PREMIER Center

Jason Aldean is no longer the opening act for the ...

Pro-Marijuana Group Planning State Fair Protest  Aug. 26

An Injured Bicyclist's Road To Recovery  story with video  Aug. 26

Democrats Asking 4 Men To Testify About EB-5  Aug. 26

Young Pheasant Tally Shows Birds To Increase  Aug. 26

ESPN: "First Four" Could Come To SF  story with video  Aug. 26

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds dominated by Bisenius  story with video

The Canaries started their final home series by being dominated by the Lincoln Saltdogs ...

Garretson shuts out SFC girls in soccer  story with video

Mara VanDeberg scored the only goal of the game on a breakaway as Garretson beat SF ...

Warriors lose VB opener  story with video

Rochelle Ramharter had 13 kills bu the Washington Warriors dropped their season opener ...

Cassel excited to start for Vikings  story with video  Aug. 26

Joe Glenn excited for game at Oregon  story with video  Aug. 26

Kaufman in great position after big weekend in Canada  story with video  Aug. 26

Roosevelt Tabs Buus To Replace Taylor  story with video  Aug. 25

SOFTBALL-Roosevelt Sweeps Brookings, O'Gorman & Mitchell Split  story with video  Aug. 25

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top