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Through its Bringing Safety Home Grant Program, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative awarded sprinkler advocates across North America up to $10,000 apiece for advocacy and educational efforts. The recipients are highlighted in the latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. Also underscored in this issue are stories on: a recent radio program that tackled the topic of home fire sprinkler costs a father's emotional push for sprinkler laws following his daughter's death a town making history by sprinklering its first home Subscribe today to receive the monthly newsletter directly to your inbox. This free publication keeps you up-to-date on sprinkler... Continue reading
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Through its Bringing Safety Home Grant Program, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative awarded sprinkler advocates across North America up to $10,000 apiece for advocacy and educational efforts. The recipients are highlighted in the latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. Also underscored in this issue are stories on: a recent radio program that tackled the topic of home fire sprinkler costs a father's emotional push for sprinkler laws following his daughter's death a town making history by sprinklering its first home Subscribe today to receive the monthly newsletter directly to your inbox. This free publication keeps you up-to-date on sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Lois, the following is from Tim Travers, NFPA's regional sprinkler specialist interviewed during the radio program: "The radio program was discussing home fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. The standard for the “Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes” is NFPA 13D©. Sprinkler systems installed per NFPA 13D© are not subject to the requirements of NFPA 25©, the standard for the “Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems,” which states in 1.1.5 “This standard shall not apply to sprinkler systems designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.” The following is stated in NFPA 13D© A.12.1 – “The occupants of a home with a sprinkler system should understand that maintaining a sprinkler system is mostly about common sense. Keeping the control valve open, not hanging items from the sprinklers, and making sure that the sprinklers do not get painted or obstructed are the most important items. It is also important to know the function of the main control valve and where the control valve is located.” Regarding sediment in water that will cause the system malfunction, water supply can be provided by many different sources. There should be no more sediment in the water than normal domestic water supplies, if sediment is a problem a multipurpose home fire sprinkler system could be utilized. Multipurpose is a piping system intended to serve both domestic needs in excess of a single fixture and fire protection needs from one common piping system throughout the dwelling unit(s). Water flows through the system everytime a plumbing fixture flows water. In a multipurpose system the as long as the plumbing system is in operation the home sprinkler system is in operation. In closing, the purpose of the standard shall be to provide a sprinkler system that aids in the detection and control of residential fires and thus provides improved protection against injury and life loss. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50 percent, if you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present."
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Looking for an effective approach to home fire sprinkler advocacy? Pay close attention to the efforts made by the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Coalition members turned out in droves to a recent public hearing on a sprinkler bill introduced by state Rep. Ruth Balser and Sen. Kenneth Donnelly and another sponsored by state Rep. Michael Brady. Balser, who spoke at the public hearing and at summits initiated by the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, has been a vocal ally in the push for sprinkler requirements in Massachusetts. Joining Balser at the hearing were staff from NFPA and the National Fire Sprinkler Asssociation,... Continue reading
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Looking for an effective approach to home fire sprinkler advocacy? Pay close attention to the efforts made by the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Coalition members turned out in droves to a recent public hearing on a sprinkler bill introduced by state Rep. Ruth Balser and Sen. Kenneth Donnelly and another sponsored by state Rep. Michael Brady. Balser, who spoke at the public hearing and at summits initiated by the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, has been a vocal ally in the push for sprinkler requirements in Massachusetts. Joining Balser at the hearing were staff from NFPA and the National Fire Sprinkler Asssociation,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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This is the true story of how a new hospital brought its staff consisting of 50 nationalities up to speed on fire and life safety. The Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi consists of 364 beds, eight major integrated buildings, more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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An engaged audience heard from two graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who developed a project underscoring the damaging effects of fire on the environment. Initiated by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the project reviewed more than 100 pieces of literature to underscore previous studies on this issue and any research gaps. The Foundation's research report, "The Environmental Impact on Fire," summarizes these findings. During an education session at NFPA's Conference and Expo, WPI graduate students Drew Martin and Mai Tomida highlighted a few high-profile fires, including the Kuwaiti oil fires that resulted from Iraq's invasion into Kuwait in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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An engaged audience heard from two graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who developed a project underscoring the damaging effects of fire on the environment. Initiated by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the project reviewed more than 100 pieces... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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A packed house heard Steve Wolin, director of development and compliance for Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company, discuss a renewed interest for a certain type of sprinkler and its ability to protect commodities. In the past 20 years, in-rack sprinklers, designed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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NFPA President Jim Pauley presents a $10,000 check to the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, who received one of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative grants. More than 100 members of the Illinois fire and building community attended a special event at NFPA's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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NFPA President Jim Pauley presents a $10,000 check to the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, who received one of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative grants. More than 100 members of the Illinois fire and building community attended a special event at NFPA's Conference and Expo in Chicago, linking them with important information on the national push for home fire sprinklers. The home fire sprinkler component of the event, named Illinois Fire and Building Officials Day, began with a special appearance by NFPA President Jim Pauley, who congratulated members of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition on their efforts in obtaining sprinkler ordinances in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Curious about advocating for home fire sprinklers in your state or region, but don't know where to start? Or, would you like to learn how sprinklers can dramatically reduce the risk of dying in fires at home, the place where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Curious about advocating for home fire sprinklers in your state or region, but don't know where to start? Or, would you like to learn how sprinklers can dramatically reduce the risk of dying in fires at home, the place where most fire deaths in America continue to occur? Swing by the NFPA booth during NFPA's Conference and Expo and chat with NFPA's Regional Sprinkler Specialist, Jeff Hudson, who will be on hand to answer questions about your state's sprinkler requirements, free resources available through NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, and ways you can start advocating for home fire sprinklers via some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Keeping a safe distance from a structure filled with today's home furnishings, sprinkler advocates in West Hartford, Connecticut, set it ablaze to make a powerful statement. Based on the audience's reaction, they got their point across. When a TV reporter asked a spectator on the scene of a recent live burn/sprinkler demonstration whether she has ever witnessed a fire of this caliber, she replied, "Not personally, luckily. But I never want to after seeing [the demonstration] today. I'm in favor of sprinkler systems now." Joining the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition at this demonstration was the city's fire chief and town... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Deemed the largest property casualty writer in the U.S., State Farm offers up to a 10-percent insurance discount for homes equipped with these devices. "State Farm's approach has been to incentivize safe behavior," David Tideman, counsel in the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Insurance Companies, told attendees at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston. (State Farm is also a member of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.) While his company supports home fire sprinklers, Tideman noted that support from competitors is uneven. "There's been a lack of enthusiasm because of water concerns," he said. "If State Farm is giving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Fire Protection Contractor Magazine (FPC) is currently asking its readers to submit titles of movies that perpetuate the longstanding myth that if one fire sprinkler activates, the rest follow. The fact is that these scenes, while trying to up the cinematic drama, aren't factual in their depiction of sprinklers. In many of these settings, the devices wouldn't activate this way in the real world. For example, there's the 1995 movie Hackers, one of the submissions received from FPC. The lead character hacks into his high school's database and sets a "sprinkler test" during school hours, thereby enacting all sprinkler heads... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Earlier this year, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative announced its Bringing Safety Home Grant Program, giving home fire sprinkler advocates across North America the chance to secure up to $10,000 for localized advocacy and educational efforts. The incredible number of applications that came our way was nothing short of amazing and showcases how dedicated safety advocates are to this important cause. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative team had the challenging task of selecting winners from a high number of high-quality applications. Sixteen applicants were selected for their ability to create a forward-thinking approach to sprinkler advocacy. View the list of recipients, which... Continue reading
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Earlier this year, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative announced its Bringing Safety Home Grant Program, giving home fire sprinkler advocates across North America the chance to secure up to $10,000 for localized advocacy and educational efforts. The incredible number of applications that came our way was nothing short of amazing and showcases how dedicated safety advocates are to this important cause. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative team had the challenging task of selecting winners from a high number of high-quality applications. Sixteen applicants were selected for their ability to create a forward-thinking approach to sprinkler advocacy. View the list of recipients, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Approaching its 20th anniversary, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is still attracting key safety groups to promote its mission of educating the public about the value of sprinkler protection in one- and two-family homes. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined the coalition comprised of NFPA, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, FM Global, and others who have made sprinklers a priority. Joining HFSC's all-volunteer board of directors is Chief Ron Siarnicki, NFFF's executive director, and Chief Kevin Quinn, NVFC chair. NFFF aims to reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities while supporting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Radio host Christal Frost (left) and NFPA's Meredith Hawes at the WTCM News Talk 580 studies in Traverse City, Michigan Home fire sprinklers were the hot topic during a recent radio show that interviewed NFPA staff on the impact and cost-effectiveness of these devices. Joining Christal Frost from WTCM News Talk 580 on her weekday show in Traverse City, Michigan, was Meredith Hawes, NFPA's public education specialist and one of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's Faces of Fire. Frost was as curious about the issue of installation cost as were the callers flooding the station's phone lines during the broadcast. "There's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Sprinklers inside a home under construction were put to the test earlier this month during a fire inside a three-story home under construction in Petaluma, California. Per a report of the incident in The Press Democrat, the fire initiated in a first-floor room being used by construction workers. The sprinklers--so new, they had a dust covering over them--immediately activated. The sprinklers were also credited with aiding firefighter efforts, since the devices kept the blaze under control until the team extinguished it 20 minutes after their arrival. "Under different circumstances, it could have been a much larger fire," Rancho Adobe Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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It's a living nightmare that Jeffrey Block doesn't want repeated. The Connecticut resident said an emotional goodbye to his 21-year-old daughter, Eva, in January 2012 after she and two others died in an off-campus house fire near Marist College in New York. A vibrant collegiate with a penchant for dancing and reading, Eva's zest for life was remembered at her funeral. "She wouldn't want us to be sad," Block told a Connecticut newspaper in 2012. Three years later, the mourning process continues. Amid a tearful remembrance of Eva that he shared recently with a Connecticut news station, Block brought back... Continue reading
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It's a living nightmare that Jeffrey Block doesn't want repeated. The Connecticut resident said an emotional goodbye to his 21-year-old daughter, Eva, in January 2012 after she and two others died in an off-campus house fire near Marist College in New York. A vibrant collegiate with a penchant for dancing and reading, Eva's zest for life was remembered at her funeral. "She wouldn't want us to be sad," Block told a Connecticut newspaper in 2012. Three years later, the mourning process continues. Amid a tearful remembrance of Eva that he shared recently with a Connecticut news station, Block brought back... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Sprinkler advocates at the site of a sprinkler open house More than 3,000 communities, including the states of Maryland and California, have requirements for fire sprinklers in new homes, a concept that is new to Lake County, Indiana. Indiana’s code adoption process is done on a statewide level, so the issue of building and fire codes is not usually on the minds of most local fire chiefs. That's not true, however, for Fire Chief Bill Timmer and his son, Matt, a former firefighter, who are building a new home in Highland. They chose to voluntarily install fire sprinklers and host... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Mike Figolah's advocacy around home fire sprinklers is something to be commended. (See for yourself.) Since going public with his support for these devices, he's learned a few lessons on what makes an effective sprinkler advocate. He shared his thoughts with attendees at NFPA's 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston. "I come here today with a lot of passion for changing the culture of the country," Figolah told attendees. This culture shift for home fire sprinkler acceptance, he noted, begins on the grassroots level. In Figolah's home state of Illinois, advocates there are using a one-community-at-a-time approach to sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative