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Eastern Shore Delegate Chris Adams wants to reverse a state rule that requires fire sprinklers in new and renovated single-family homes.

The rule went into effect in July.

The Wicomico County Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was “a backdoor attempt to halt economic growth on the Eastern Shore.”

His measure would leave the decision to local officials.

The paper reports since the rule was put in place Wicomico County has gotten only one home building permit application.

There was a rush of applications to beat the deadline.  


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Thursday requires builders of new single-family and two-family homes to provide buyers a cost estimate for installing an automatic sprinkler system. The new law also requires that homebuyers be given information from the State Fire Marshal's Office about the benefits of automatic sprinklers.

The Wicomico County Council has extended the exemption for new one-and-two family dwellings from the state fire sprinkler mandate through 2015.

Council members have expressed concern about houses that are dependent on wells.

The Council voted 6-to-1 this week even though the modular housing industry says this would continue an uneven playing field.

In addition the Maryland State Fire Marshal William Barnard urged the council members to require the fire sprinklers because fires attack a home in a more dangerous way than in the past.