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The 27th fire death in Massachusetts this year was a 64-year-old man who succumbed to a home fire. Highlighting the cause--improper disposal of smoking materials--was just as important to the local fire service as was noting the solution for eliminating home fire deaths. When asked for comment about the fire from a reporter, Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Mary Regan took a stance on sprinklers. "Fires are always a terrible experience, but they are even worse when someone dies," said Regan, fire chief of the Westfield, Massachusetts, Fire Department, in an article that appeared on Mass Live. "I have been... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Home fire sprinkler advocates are a diverse bunch. Case in point: a coroner familiar with the horrific effects of fire has vowed to take action to prevent future tragedies. A recent inquest in England shed light on an 80-year-old man burned by a fire in his home on his birthday. Immobilized in his chair, the man was unable to seek safety from the flames. Neighbors rushed to his aid, but he eventually died from his injuries, reports the Nottingham Post. During the inquest, coroner Robert Hunter asked a fire investigator if sprinklers have the power to rapidly extinguish fire. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Hear from some of America's top fire sprinkler advocates by attending the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Summit, September 9, in Wisconsin Dells. The event provides valuable information for residents, homeowners, builders, architects, fire service, and building code officials on the benefits of home fire sprinklers. Topics will include: national trends involving home fire sprinklers the fire dangers of today's built environment legal liability and the national model building codes Registration is $30, and special hotel room rates are available. For all details, download the summit brochure available on the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition site. Related articles Anti-sprinkler sentiment fuels fire... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The home fire took so much from Lionel Crowther. It killed his captain and burned 70 percent of his body. But what seemed to impact the firefighter most was the long-lasting effects the fire had on Crowther's wife and two children. Crowther's impactful story is featured in the latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. Also in this issue are stories on: a fire chief who broke NFPA blog records and will be offering regular commentary for the Fire Sprinkler Initiative a resident now living in a sprinklered home who opens up about losing three family members in a... Continue reading
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The home fire took so much from Lionel Crowther. It killed his captain and burned 70 percent of his body. But what seemed to impact the firefighter most was the long-lasting effects the fire had on Crowther's wife and two children. Crowther's impactful story is featured in the latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. Also in this issue are stories on: a fire chief who broke NFPA blog records and will be offering regular commentary for the Fire Sprinkler Initiative a resident now living in a sprinklered home who opens up about losing three family members in a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Dayleen Marrero heard sirens as she answered an afternoon phone call from her soon-to-be husband, Andrew Taylor. The couple was set to marry that evening. Standing next to the couple's pit bull mix, Taylor was outside their home grasping his tuxedo, the only thing he was able to take with him after escaping a fire inside their home. Prepping for her big day at a nearby hotel, Marrero was stunned by the news. As reported by The Chicago Tribune, two groomsmen also living in the same building lost their dog and cat in the fire. Silks and costumes used by... Continue reading
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Dayleen Marrero heard sirens as she answered an afternoon phone call from her soon-to-be husband, Andrew Taylor. The couple was set to marry that evening. Standing next to the couple's pit bull mix, Taylor was outside their home grasping his tuxedo, the only thing he was able to take with him after escaping a fire inside their home. Prepping for her big day at a nearby hotel, Marrero was stunned by the news. As reported by The Chicago Tribune, two groomsmen also living in the same building lost their dog and cat in the fire. Silks and costumes used by... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
I wanted to resurrect a 2011 post from blogger Brad Phillips, since its message is timeless. The way you present home fire sprinklers to the public or decision makers is just as important as your content. Captivating presentations keep your audience engaged, and have the power to affect change. Such was the case for Rob Feeney, a burn survivor who was at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, when a massive fire injured him and killed 100 people, including his fiancée. Following training by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Feeney has since advocated for sprinklers in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Creating visually-stunning events showcasing fire sprinklers are a sure-fire way of getting your local media's attention. Understanding this point is the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition, whose members recently attracted the press thanks to a thrilling demonstration comparing sprinklered vs. unsprinklered homes on fire. Once the Laramie Fire Department, a coalition member, wowed the crowd with the demo, they were then able to distill some valuable information. “[Fire sprinklers average to about the] cost to upgrade your carpet in your house, but upgraded carpet isn’t going to save you or your kids’ lives,” Bill Bershinsky with the Laramie Fire Department told... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Image courtesy of koratmember at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Estero, Florida, is proposing to sprinkler all of its new homes, and it's getting an informative lesson on the ease of installation from one of its own communities. Described on its website as a "beautiful, gated enclave," the Pebble Pointe at The Brooks development in Estero includes 90, fully sprinklered homes. Initially hesitant to include this life-saving feature, homebuilding company Taylor Morrison was eventually persuaded by expedited inspections and lower insurance rates that will offset the installation cost over time. "With the benefits of personal safety and a discount in insurance, it really is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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In June, two ecstatic families were given the keys to their new homes in Hanover, Massachusetts. Local safety officials also joined in the cheering, since both homes are fully protected with sprinklers. Getting a peek at their new abodes were the Patry and Plahn families, who joined town officials in a home dedication ceremony last month. Members of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition were on hand to congratulate the families and underscore how well-protected they will be thanks to the homes' fire sprinklers. The coalition collaborated with NFPA, the South Shore Habitat for Humanity, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association... Continue reading
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In June, two ecstatic families were given the keys to their new homes in Hanover, Massachusetts. Local safety officials also joined in the cheering, since both homes are fully protected with sprinklers. Getting a peek at their new abodes were the Patry and Plahn families, who joined town officials in a home dedication ceremony last month. Members of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition were on hand to congratulate the families and underscore how well-protected they will be thanks to the homes' fire sprinklers. The coalition collaborated with NFPA, the South Shore Habitat for Humanity, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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In an op-ed written for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, two fire service officials did not mince their words when it came to a Pennsylvania code-making body's inability to update the state building code. "Dysfunctional...is the perfect word to describe the Uniform Construction Code's Review and Advisory Council," says John Waters and Larry Christie, co-chairs of the Pennsylvania Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "Not the term you want to hear about a state-appointed review panel whose job is to review changes to the various codes that safeguard our citizens' health and safety." Since the council couldn't agree on adopting the 2012 or 2015 editions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Ronnie Walkup (left) and Christian Young, who both died in a 2015 home fire Flashback 1989. Then Fire Marshal Jeff Hudson was one of the first on the scene of a home fire in Shawnee, Kansas, where he noticed heavy smoke billowing from the structure. The fire department's response was immediate, but they were unable to save a five-year-old boy, Cody Young. He was survived by his two grandparents, mother, and brother. All were home at the time of the fire, but had survived. "We lived in a community that rarely experienced a tragic death of any kind," Jeff Hudson,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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"I didn't realize [my burn injuries] would affect not just me, but my wife and kids. It affected all aspects of our lives. I thought we would never get back to the life we had before." Those jarring words are from Firefighter Lionel Crowther, who received burns on 70 percent of his body from a home fire that eventually killed his captain. While attempting to come to terms with his physical injuries, Crowther experienced emotional torment also felt by his wife and two children. His inability to regain his independence--brushing his teeth and applying ointment had to be done by... Continue reading
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"I didn't realize [my burn injuries] would affect not just me, but my wife and kids. It affected all aspects of our lives. I thought we would never get back to the life we had before." Those jarring words are from Firefighter Lionel Crowther, who received burns on 70 percent of his body from a home fire that eventually killed his captain. While attempting to come to terms with his physical injuries, Crowther experienced emotional torment also felt by his wife and two children. His inability to regain his independence--brushing his teeth and applying ointment had to be done by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Fire Chief Rick Ennis broke an NFPA blog record when his commentary on a fatal fire death involving a two year old was viewed more than 20,000 times. He has graciously accepted our request to regularly blog for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, joining our other unique voices in the push for increased acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers. Here's a sampling of his inaugural post: I am honored to have been asked to contribute regularly to this blog. I am guessing you have two pressing questions at the moment: One, who the heck is this guy? And two, why... Continue reading
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Fire Chief Rick Ennis broke an NFPA blog record when his commentary on a fatal fire death involving a two year old was viewed more than 20,000 times. He has graciously accepted our request to regularly blog for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, joining our other unique voices in the push for increased acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers. Here is his inaugural post: I am honored to have been asked to contribute regularly to this blog. I am guessing you have two pressing questions at the moment: One, who the heck is this guy? And two, why the heck... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Take a minute (maybe less) to see if you can answer some basic information on home fire sprinklers. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has developed an online quiz in an effort to gauge the public's understanding of these life-saving devices and sprinkler requirements across the U.S. If you're able to answer all questions correctly, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, don't fret. We've embedded the quiz on our popular Fact Sheets page so you can obtain more information on a particular question. Take the quiz, and use social media to share it with your work contacts, family, friends,... Continue reading
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Take a minute (maybe less) to see if you can answer some basic information on home fire sprinklers. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has developed an online quiz in an effort to gauge the public's understanding of these life-saving devices and sprinkler requirements across the U.S. If you're able to answer all questions correctly, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, don't fret. We've embedded the quiz on our popular Fact Sheets page so you can obtain more information on a particular question. Take the quiz, and use social media to share it with your work contacts, family, friends,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Delaware State House. Photo by Dennis Deitrick on Flickr The Delaware's House and Senate recently passed a bill that would link home buyers with cost estimates of home fire sprinklers. According to the Delaware State Legislature website, the bill requires builders of new, one- and two-family homes that are three stories or less to provide a purchaser with a sprinkler cost estimate. Additionally, the bill also requires the state fire marshal's office to supply these homeowners with information highlighting the benefits of fire sprinklers. NFPA joined other state advocates in producing letters of support for the bill. Per the Legislature's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Bolstering awareness on the power of home fire sprinklers is a priority for the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Focusing on the damaging effects of today's home fires has been as important for the group as highlighting actual instances of sprinklers saving lives. Exemplifying the latter, the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association, a coalition member, took to its blog to describe a recent sprinkler save in West Columbia. Upon hearing his home's water flow alarm, a sleeping occupant awoke to discover fire on the outside patio. He escaped the house before the arrival of the West Columbia Fire Department, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Last month, the Township of Langley Council in British Columbia unanimously supported a resolution that aims to bring the province one step closer to increased fire protection at home. The resolution's intent is to convince British Columbia officials to maintain and expand the use of home fire sprinklers in Langley. The council's resolution follows the decision of the township's Community and Transportation Safety Advisory Committee to have the council send "a letter to the Province requesting that local governments be permitted to use fire sprinklers as part of their community fire protection strategy." The decision follows the passage of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The state of Connecticut is benefiting from the efforts of a man who has turned tragedy into triumph. Jeffrey Block has been an influential force behind a legislative bill requiring landlords to inform tenants whether or not their homes are sprinklered. His push follows the death of his 21-year-old daughter, Eva, in a 2012 house fire. Advocating for this bill, Block recently made a tearful plea to a local TV news station, urging lawmakers to get the bill out of legislative limbo. He also initiated an online petition to gain public support for the measure. The legislature responded by passing... Continue reading
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Tom Lia (left), at the scene of a sprinklered home with homeowner/fire inspector Dennis Randolph and his wife, Melinda In 2014, fire officials from 29 towns and fire districts in Will County, Illinois, gathered to discuss common code enforcement issues at a meeting with county board members. It was immediately apparent that certain board members had an anti-fire-sprinkler agenda. While the meeting began with home fire sprinklers as a consideration in the county building code, county board members quickly decided to amend out the fire sprinkler requirement for new homes found in national model building codes. While there had been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative