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Capt. James Culbertson with the Ventnor City Fire Department in New Jersey offered a well-written response to an editorial panning a new bill that would require sprinklers in new homes. Here's a point-counterpoint synopsis of both editorials: Opponent argument: "The New Jersey Builders Association figures mandating sprinkler systems would add $6,000 to the cost of a new home." Culbertson's response: "The editorial states home fire sprinkler systems [are] a considerable cost. What would considerable cost be to the six people who perished in the recent Ann Arundel, Maryland, fire? How about all of the many civilians and firefighters injured and... Continue reading
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Capt. James Culbertson with the Ventnor City Fire Department in New Jersey offered a well-written response to an editorial panning a new bill that would require sprinklers in new homes. Here's a point-counterpoint synopsis of both editorials: Opponent argument: "The New Jersey Builders Association figures mandating sprinkler systems would add $6,000 to the cost of a new home." Culbertson's response: "The editorial states home fire sprinkler systems [are] a considerable cost. What would considerable cost be to the six people who perished in the recent Ann Arundel, Maryland, fire? How about all of the many civilians and firefighters injured and... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The Connecticut General Assembly's Public Safety and Security Committee held a public hearing recently in West Hartford on a new bill that would require sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. NFPA joined an army of sprinkler advocates to testify in support of the measure. What surprised NFPA Regional Director Bob Duval, who offered statistical data on the impact of fire at the committee hearing, was the level of support for this bill from the state's politicians at the meeting. "State Rep. Stephen Dargan [who chairs the committee] said in the meeting's opening statements that he was in support of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
John: What NFPA is advocating for is the elimination of these tragedies. While Jeff's incident takes place in a trailer, the realities of fire in one- and two-family homes are similar.
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The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition is giving you the chance to get acquainted with key experts and allies in the home fire sprinkler arena. Register today for the coalition's first sprinkler summit, March 10 in Columbia, Missouri. You'll hear from: Longtime sprinkler advocate Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Peg Paul from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Local fire service experts discussing key fires in Missouri, firefighter safety, and the importance of sprinklers NFPA sprinkler specialists ...and many more. Attendees can earn continuing education units for Fire Inspector Certification through the Missouri Division of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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People leaped from second- and third-story windows. Others cried for help. Someone had no choice but to toss a baby from a window. These were the realities of a recent residential fire in Palmer, Massachusetts. Not everyone escaped with their... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Today's Responder
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People leaped from second- and third-story windows. Others cried for help. Someone had no choice but to toss a baby from a window. These were the realities of a recent residential fire in Palmer, Massachusetts. Not everyone escaped with their life, however. A 53-year-old woman died in the blaze, caused by a candle in the woman's home, according to a news story by WWLP. Palmer's Fire Chief Alan Roy told the station that tenants had heard the smoke alarms, but didn't evacuate until the fire department arrived. Roy also told a local ABC affiliate that the horrific scenario might have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski Following a devastating, residential fire in New Jersey that spotlighted the dangers of lightweight construction when it displaced more than 1,000 people, the developer plans to include sprinklers and other fire protection systems in its future developments. Per an article in the Times of Trenton, AvalonBay, which built the 408-unit complex in Edgewater, will include more sprinklers and other safety features in its future housing developments in Maplewood and Princeton, New Jersey. "I've said all along that this [is] in their best interest to go above and beyond the current code, given what happened in... Continue reading
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New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski Following a devastating, residential fire in New Jersey that spotlighted the dangers of lightweight construction when it displaced more than 1,000 people, the developer plans to include sprinklers and other fire protection systems in its future developments. Per an article in the Times of Trenton, AvalonBay, which built the 408-unit complex in Edgewater, will include more sprinklers and other safety features in its future housing developments in Maplewood and Princeton, New Jersey. "I've said all along that this [is] in their best interest to go above and beyond the current code, given what happened in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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As the size of today's homes continues to grow, so do the number of fire-safety risks associated with these dwellings. Highlighted in a recent story in North Carolina's The Herald Weekly, the state's fire service has been strategizing how best to protect these large homes if catastrophe occurs. Among the common concerns--larger open floor plans and how fire reacts to lightweight construction materials, to name a few--are limited water supplies and low water pressure. Learn about the water use of fighting fires with fire hoses vs. sprinklers by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Continue reading
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As the size of today's homes continues to grow, so do the number of fire-safety risks associated with these dwellings. Highlighted in a recent story in North Carolina's The Herald Weekly, the state's fire service has been strategizing how best to protect these large homes if catastrophe occurs. Among the common concerns--larger open floor plans and how fire reacts to lightweight construction materials, to name a few--are limited water supplies and low water pressure. "While all houses pose fire threats, larger homes have a different set of challenges," states the article. "For one, simply by how many gallons of water... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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You might be aware of the importance of home fire sprinklers, but how do you go about convincing others? Complementing the array of free resources available on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site is the new, full-color infographic, an eye-catching advocacy tool that tells others the right points to hit on when making a case for home fire sprinklers. There's information on the U.S. home fire problem, false claims about the safety of new homes, installation cost, dispelling myths, and more. Download a free copy of the infographic today, and let us know how you'll be using it! Related articles New... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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I won't spend too much time describing the following video, since I don't want to take away from its powerful message. What I will say is that we have another important sprinkler advocate on our side. Jeff Jordan is the newest member of Common Voices, an advocate's coalition determined to create a fire-safe America. A crucial component of the group's advocacy work is underscoring home fire sprinklers. (Pam Elliott, another Common Voices member, spoke at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit last year. Both Elliott and Jordan have participated in activities and programs with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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I won't spend too much time describing the following video, since I don't want to take away from its powerful message. What I will say is that we have another important sprinkler advocate on our side. Jeff Jordan is the newest member of Common Voices, an advocate's coalition determined to create a fire-safe America. A crucial component of the group's advocacy work is underscoring home fire sprinklers. (Pam Elliott, another Common Voices member, spoke at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit last year.) Jeff has turned his tragedy into a moving call to action. Please share his story. Related articles A... Continue reading
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"This smoke detector could have prevented this fire death," said past fire chiefs as they held up the fire safety device for reporters. When fire officials make such powerful statements immediately following a major fire, especially if an occupant suffered a burn injury or was killed, they get the full attention of the public. Of course, the important role smoke detectors play in notifying people of a growing fire is a well-used message in the fire service’s public education efforts. (Per NFPA, working smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a reported fire by half.) But imagine the impact... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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We've recently reported that New Jersey legislators have been busy filing fire safety bills, including one that would require home fire sprinklers, after a devastating fire displaced more than 1,000 people. Pro-sprinkler sentiment appears to be spreading beyond New Jersey's borders, as Connecticut politicians recently filed their own bill requiring sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for February 19. For more information on sprinkler action in Connecticut, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Related articles Massive New Jersey fire places home fire sprinkler bill on fast track New and improved Fire... Continue reading
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We've recently reported that New Jersey legislators have been busy filing fire safety bills, including one that would require home fire sprinklers, after a devastating fire displaced more than 1,000 people. Pro-sprinkler sentiment appears to be spreading beyond New Jersey's borders, as Connecticut politicians recently filed their own bill requiring sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for February 19. Announcing its formation to the public last year, the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition invited state Rep. Stephen Dargan to speak at its inaugural event. Dargan chairs the Public Safety and Security Committee,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Julie Frasure, co-chair of the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition, forwarded us a great sprinkler save that showcases the power of these devices (and a post-holiday reminder that dried-out Christmas trees are a significant fire hazard). Last month, the Santa Monica Fire Department made entry into a residence with a reported fire via its second-story balcony. Several factors caused the fire, including a dry, non-watered tree and a possible short in the string of decorative lights, according to a news release by the fire department. A resident suffered second-degree burns while attempting to move the burning tree to the building's exterior.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The danger of lightweight construction under fire was placed in the national spotlight last month when a residential complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, constructed with this material went up in flames. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities, but more than 1,000 people were displaced, per the Associated Press. The residence's sprinklers operated as intended and were crucial in getting occupants to safety in ample time. Following this event, New Jersey legislators have been busy drafting legislation to better safeguard homes and occupants from fire. A Republican assemblyman, for instance, has drafted a bill that would freeze permits on multi-family... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council is considering the adoption of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), including the provision to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. In advance of their vote, the New York State... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Today's Responder
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The New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council is considering the adoption of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), including the provision to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. In advance of their vote, the New York State Builders Association sent out an email to its membership, which included the following: "Homebuilders will always support stringent fire safety code changes when they make sense, such as hard-wired, battery operated, smoke alarms. However, as a society, we cannot afford to deny needed housing for the sake of new requirements without proven benefits. While they should remain an option for... Continue reading
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The New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council is considering the adoption of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), including the provision to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. In advance of their vote, the New York State Builders Association sent out an email to its membership, which included the following: "Homebuilders will always support stringent fire safety code changes when they make sense, such as hard-wired, battery operated, smoke alarms. However, as a society, we cannot afford to deny needed housing for the sake of new requirements without proven benefits. While they should remain an option for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Want to convince the next generation of homebuilders that sprinklers are a vital component to their creations? Here's an ingenious idea out of Idaho. Three high schools in the city of Nampa are participating in a construction management program that teach young participants homebuilding basics. A crucial piece to this program is home fire sprinklers, linking tomorrow's builders with vital information and hands-on installation. NFPA chatted with Reggie Edwards, deputy fire marshal with the Nampa Fire Department and member of the Idaho Fire Sprinkler Coalition, about the program and the beneficial consequences of replicating something similar for youth across North... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host its first Missouri Sprinkler Summit on March 10 in Columbia, Missouri. The daylong program will be beneficial to anyone having a stake in the issue of fire sprinklers in Missouri, and will be especially beneficial at educating fire service personnel on the subject. Summit highlights include: overview of the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition overview of sprinkler standards, including NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes the homebuilders' perspective on home fire sprinklers building partnerships and coalitions to promote sprinklers education and advocacy firefighter tactics, firefighter safety,... Continue reading
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The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host its first Missouri Sprinkler Summit on March 10 in Columbia, Missouri. The daylong program will be beneficial to anyone having a stake in the issue of fire sprinklers in Missouri, and will be especially beneficial at educating fire service personnel on the subject. Summit highlights include: overview of the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition overview of sprinkler standards, including NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes the homebuilders' perspective on home fire sprinklers building partnerships and coalitions to promote sprinklers education and advocacy firefighter tactics, firefighter safety,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative