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Looking for something succinct to showcase to others what NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative entails? Watch this new video of NFPA President Jim Pauley giving a brief overview of this important endeavor, which was launched in 2009 to increase the number of sprinklered homes in North America via code adoptions and legislation. Jim highlights materials on the Fire Sprinkler site, and the growing number of sprinkler advocates joining forces to make America safer: Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
For those in the blogosphere unfamiliar with NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, here's the 1:40 version of this important endeavor. In the following video, NFPA President Jim Pauley gives an overview of the initiative, which was launched in 2009 to increase the number of sprinklered homes in North America via code adoption or legislation. Hear from Jim what the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site has to offer, and how it's assisting the array of sprinkler advocates that are gradually making America safer: Continue reading
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When Chief Mike Figolah signed on with the Mount Prospect Fire Department, he became a strong supporter of their NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, ordinance passed in 2003, as well as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Today's Responder
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When Chief Mike Figolah signed on with the Mount Prospect Fire Department, he became a strong supporter of their NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, ordinance passed in 2003, as well as the village’s requirements for sprinklers in all townhomes and low-level multifamily structures. A tear-down-and-rebuild community, Mount Prospect now has over 150 single-family homes protected with sprinklers. As fire chief, Figolah regularly hosted Fire Prevention Week open house events. Each year, the "grand finale" included a live burn and sprinkler demonstration for large audiences that demonstrated the difference between sprinklered and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A common question we receive through NFPA's technical advisory services for NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, involves the hydraulic calculation of the system. Unlike NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 13D does not require full-blown hydraulic calculations that assess friction loss of every fitting and linear foot of pipe. One of the goals of the NFPA 13D technical committee is to promote the inclusion of systems in both new construction and retrofit installations. As such, requiring a complicated and time-consuming hydraulic calculation procedure would add cost to the project and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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An alarming 32 deaths from house fires occurred during the week of October 5, bringing the total number of media-reported civilian fire deaths this year to nearly 1,800, per a weekly report released by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The outcome of a recent fire in Washington State was far less tragic, thanks to the rapid response of a home fire sprinkler system. Get the full story by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Continue reading
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An alarming 32 deaths from house fires occurred during the week of October 5, bringing the total number of media-reported civilian fire deaths this year to nearly 1,800, per a weekly report released by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The outcome of a recent fire in Washington State was far less tragic, thanks to the rapid response of a home fire sprinkler system. On October 1, the Olympia Fire Department responded to the fire at a multi-family resident. Upon arriving at the scene, they noticed a sprinkler head in the kitchen doing its job following an unattended cooking incident. Firefighters... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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News reports indicate that civilian fire deaths in West Virginia rank among the highest in the nation. Understanding that home fire sprinklers can dramatically reduce these deaths, Anthony Carrico plans to prioritize the use of these systems in his new role as West Virginia's state fire marshal. During an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail, Carrico says he wants to increase the number of sprinklered homes in his state. The State Fire Commission had approved the 2009 International Residential Code in full, including the requirement for sprinklers in new homes, but the state's Legislature removed this provision. (The Fire Sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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This week, Hartford, Connecticut, firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, died after suffering critical injuries while battling a fire at a multi-family home. According to the Hartford Courant, Bell was searching the home when "fire conditions forced him to bail out of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Today's Responder
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This week, Hartford, Connecticut, firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, died after suffering critical injuries while battling a fire at a multi-family home. According to the Hartford Courant, Bell was searching the home when "fire conditions forced him to bail out of a second-floor window." Another firefighter suffered burns on 10 percent of his body, noted the paper. The tragedy only seemed to underscore the importance of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which officially launched a day later at the University of New Haven. (Coalitions now exist in 21 states.) More than 100 people attended the event, which brought together the state's... Continue reading
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This week, Hartford, Connecticut, firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, died after suffering critical injuries while battling a fire at a multi-family home. According to the Hartford Courant, Bell was searching the home when "fire conditions forced him to bail out of a second-floor window." Another firefighter suffered burns on 10 percent of his body, noted the paper. The tragedy only seemed to underscore the importance of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which officially launched a day later at the University of New Haven. (Coalitions now exist in 21 states.) More than 100 people attended the event, which brought together the state's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A recent news report from an ABC affiliate has detailed concerns over modern homes and household furnishings while making a strong case for home fire sprinklers. The news station rounded up some key sprinkler advocates for an investigative report underscoring just how quickly today's fires become deadly. (NFPA and others have also researched this topic extensively.) NFPA blogger Tom Lia, also the executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, and other members of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition discussed the toxicity of today's furnishings under fire and the concerns with lightweight construction materials. Visit the Fire Sprinkler... Continue reading
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A recent news report from an ABC affiliate has detailed concerns over modern homes and household furnishings while making a strong case for home fire sprinklers. The news station rounded up some key sprinkler advocates for an investigative report underscoring just how quickly today's fires become deadly. (NFPA and others have also researched this topic extensively.) NFPA blogger Tom Lia, also the executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, and other members of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition discussed the toxicity of today's furnishings under fire and the concerns with lightweight construction materials that are becoming more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Justin Smith, chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition During an eight-day period in September, Casper, Wyoming, had experienced five fires in or adjacent to a home. There were no injuries or fatalities, but "this was an abnormally high number [of fires] for a single week," Justin Smith with the Casper Fire Department and chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition, tells NFPA. Knowing how rapidly fires can initiate tragedy, the coalition effectively used the media during this week to demonstrate the power of home fire sprinklers. Members assembled in front of TV cameras to underscore concerns with today's modern... Continue reading
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Justin Smith, chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition During an eight-day period in September, Casper, Wyoming, had experienced five fires in or adjacent to a home. There were no injuries or fatalities, but "this was an abnormally high number [of fires] for a single week," Justin Smith with the Casper Fire Department and chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition, tells NFPA. Knowing how rapidly fires can initiate tragedy, the coalition effectively used the media during this week to demonstrate the power of home fire sprinklers. Members assembled in front of TV cameras to underscore concerns with today's modern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Exactly how frequent are home fires deaths? Consider this: there were 20 residential fire fatalities in the U.S. during the week of September 21 alone. Documenting this information on a weekly basis is the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which collects information on these fires from various media sources. Each week, they send out an alert that includes a U.S. map of where fire deaths have been most severe. Click on a specific state within the map, and you'll see the incident date, where the fire occurred, and reported cause. The purpose of such documentation, states the USFA, is to help... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Allow me to introduce Brad Phillips, a media guru who knows how to convey the right messages to the right audiences. Before founding Phillips Media Relations, a media and presentation training communications firm, Phillips developed compelling stories for network and cable TV, including ABC's Nightline and CNN. Of particular interest to readers of this blog is that Phillips has also worked closely with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors to develop advocacy training on home fire sprinklers. His tactics make use of a survivor's voice, a powerful and poignant tool in the push for sprinkler requirements. Combining their stories with... Continue reading
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Allow me to introduce Brad Phillips, a media guru who knows how to convey the right messages to the right audiences. Before founding Phillips Media Relations, a media and presentation training communications firm, Phillips developed compelling stories for network and cable TV, including ABC's Nightline and CNN. Of particular interest to readers of this blog is that Phillips has also worked closely with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors to develop advocacy training on home fire sprinklers. His tactics make use of a survivor's voice, a powerful and poignant tool in the push for sprinkler requirements. Combining their stories with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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California is one of two states requiring sprinklers in new dwellings, and a recent sprinkler operation in Rancho Sante Fe illuminates the many benefits of these installations. A news item in the recent issue of Fire Protection Contractor Magazine (which originally appeared on the Rancho Santa Fe Review website) highlights what occurred when the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District arrived at the scene of a fire at a sprinklered home. The firefighters immediately discovered that only a single sprinkler head had activated and doused the fire. (Roughly 85 percent of the time, only one sprinkler head will activate during... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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When Fire Chief Robert Gorvett proposed a residential sprinkler ordinance, opponents immediately attacked the idea. Gorvett, however, never backed down, and using a series of sprinkler advocacy tools, he eventually won support for the requirement. Learn more about Gorvett by reading the latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. You'll also find stories on: a “flawed” report that has been slammed by Massachusetts fire officials for failing to consider the benefits of residential sprinklers new sprinkler legislation in New York a Paralympic gold medalist who will receive a fully sprinklered home Sign up today to receive the free, monthly... Continue reading
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When Fire Chief Robert Gorvett proposed a residential sprinkler ordinance, opponents immediately attacked the idea. Gorvett, however, never backed down, and using a series of sprinkler advocacy tools, he eventually won support for the requirement. Learn more about Gorvett by reading the latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. You'll also find stories on: a “flawed” report that has been slammed by Massachusetts fire officials for failing to consider the benefits of residential sprinklers new sprinkler legislation in New York a Paralympic gold medalist who will receive a fully sprinklered home Sign up today to receive the free, monthly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Pamela Elliott, before and after a house fire burned her when she was five years old. NFPA, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, and the advocacy coalition Common Voices have commended burn survivor Pamela Elliott for her op-ed addressing those at highest risk of dying in a fire, particularly children. In a recent news release, these groups commended Elliott, a member of the North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition, for underscoring the alarming number of home fire injuries and deaths and making a passionate plea for sprinkler requirements. "Pam's voice is important in the debate to show... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Staunch supporters of home fire sprinklers recently assembled at the construction site of two homes in Hanover, Massachusetts, offering their assistance with the sprinkler installation while underscoring the life-saving aspects of these systems. NFPA collaborated with the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), and the South Shore Habitat for Humanity to sprinkler the three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath homes. NFPA President Jim Pauley took part in assisting professionals with the installation, which will take no more than a couple days to complete. Also in attendance was coalition chair Mary Regan, chief of the Westfield Fire Department, and David LaFond... Continue reading
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Staunch supporters of home fire sprinklers recently assembled at the construction site of two homes in Hanover, Massachusetts, offering their assistance with the sprinkler installation while underscoring the life-saving aspects of these systems. NFPA collaborated with the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), and the South Shore Habitat for Humanity to sprinkler the three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath homes. NFPA President Jim Pauley took part in assisting professionals with the installation, which will take no more than a couple days to complete. Also in attendance was coalition chair Mary Regan, chief of the Westfield Fire Department, and David LaFond... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Tractors and, somewhat surprisingly, home fire sprinklers got the attention of the public during Ontario's recent International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. "Looks like a small hockey puck!" said an intrigued visitor eyeing a concealed sprinkler head during a model home exhibit during the event, where free information from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition was on hand. He and others were interviewed by a local news station, which obtained a variety of perspectives from different stakeholder groups--including some groups typically at odds with each other on the issue of sprinklers--on the necessity of these life-saving devices. "A nice glass shower... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative