The California Building Standards Commission approved the State Fire Marshal’s Building, Fire and Residential Code adoption packages for the 2010 California Building Standards Codes at the hearing on January 12, 2010. The 2010 California Building Standards Codes published July 1, 2010, with an effective date of January 1, 2011. A key component in the 2010 code adoption is the addition of residential fire sprinklers in all new one-and two-family dwellings and townhouse construction statewide. For many years, installation of fire sprinkler systems has only been required in office buildings and multi-family dwellings (i.e. apartments). These sprinkler systems are proven to save lives and extinguish fires. Prior to the adoption of the 2010 California Building Standards Codes, more than 150 jurisdictions in California had a local residential fire sprinkler ordinance.
Hydro Fire started in 2008 right before this code came into effect. Steve Ashbaugh owner of Hydro Fire Protection started installing commercial fire sprinkler systems in Las Vagas 1994 after moving back to Lake Tahoe he continued to work in the fire sprinkler industry than starting his own business.