A six-member task force set up after a pair of deadly blazes in San Francisco this year is planning to call for stricter standards for fire alarms in apartment buildings.
The group, which includes top officials from four city departments, plans to recommend Tuesday that San Francisco's fire and housing codes be amended to require that fire alarm systems in all apartment buildings be loud enough to wake sleeping residents.
However, the task force is not expected to call for requiring all older apartment buildings to install sprinkler systems, one of the key ideas Supervisor Jane Kim floated and tenant advocates pushed for earlier this year.
Property owners fought against that potential requirement, arguing it would worsen the city's housing crisis because installing sprinklers would lead to tenant displacement. The city mandates that newer buildings be outfitted with sprinklers.
About 83 percent of the residential and commercial buildings damaged by fire over the last five years did not have sprinkler systems, according to data presented by fire officials during a Board of Supervisors committee hearing in April.