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Here's further proof that today's home fires are a cause for concern: when compared with the number of civilian home fire deaths in 2012, there was a 16 percent increase in the number of deaths for 2013. NFPA's new report, "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013," notes that nearly 2,800 people died from home fires in 2013. The new report also states that home fires accounted for 85 percent of all civilian fire deaths that year. Get additional facts from the report and watch a related video by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Related articles NFPA President... Continue reading
Here's further proof that today's home fires are a cause for concern: when compared with the number of civilian home fire deaths in 2012, there was a 16 percent increase in the number of deaths for 2013. NFPA's new report, "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013," notes that nearly 2,800 people died from home fires in 2013. The new report also states that: home fires accounted for 85 percent of all civilian fire deaths that year close to 370,000 reported fires occurred in the home, a 1.2 percent increase over last year more than 12,000 civilian fire injuries... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Justin Smith being interviewed by an NBC affiliate in Wyoming. Justin Smith, chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition and captain with Casper Fire-EMS in Wyoming, was interviewed by a local news station to set... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Today's Responder
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Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Justin Smith being interviewed by an NBC affiliate in Wyoming. Justin Smith, chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition and captain with Casper Fire-EMS in Wyoming, was interviewed by a local news station to set the record straight about home fire sprinklers and concerns over water damage. Following a sprinkler activation during a residential fire, Smith told an NBC affiliate that "unfortunately, what people tend to focus on is the water damage [following a sprinkler activation]. In this case, we had a little bit of damage, but everything that is wet is eventually going to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Home fire sprinkler advocates across the U.S. participated in an ABC News investigation that underscored the concerns surrounding lightweight construction and modern home furnishings under fire. The latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter highlights this and other sprinkler stories from across North America. You'll read about: Habitat for Humanity partnering with NFPA to sprinkler new homes in Massachusetts A sprinkler activation in California that has placed the state's sprinkler requirement in the limelight A regional summit that has energized sprinkler advocacy efforts Receive this free, monthly newsletter by signing up today. These stories will keep you abreast of... Continue reading
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Home fire sprinkler advocates across the U.S. participated in an ABC News investigation that underscored the concerns surrounding lightweight construction and modern home furnishings under fire. The latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter highlights this and other sprinkler stories from across North America. You'll read about: Habitat for Humanity partnering with NFPA to sprinkler new homes in Massachusetts A sprinkler activation in California that has placed the state's sprinkler requirement in the limelight A regional summit that has energized sprinkler advocacy efforts Receive this free, monthly newsletter by signing up today. These stories will keep you abreast of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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NFPA regional sprinkler specialists, Jeff Hudson (left) and Tim Travers (right), join NFPA Public Education Advisor Pat Mieszala during an exhibition at the recent World Burn Congress in Anaheim, California. A person's voice is one of the most powerful tools in the push for home fire sprinkler requirements. Honing this power is the nation's community of burn survivors, who have effectively transformed tragic occurrences into stories of hope. Adding a human element to the seemingly daily occurrence of home fires and subsequent injuries, the survivors are the faces behind the statistics. For many, home fire sprinklers have become a passion.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Earlier this month, the University of New Haven Fire Science Club was on hand during the launch of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition to create structures for the event's live burn/sprinkler demonstration. Their efforts didn't stop there. A club member also manned a thermal imaging camera during the demonstrations to document the disparity of temperatures inside the sprinklered and unsprinklered structures during a fire. First, watch this video of Keith Flood, chair of the Connecticut coalition and fire marshal of the West Haven Fire Department, narrating the fire spread in the unsprinklered structure: Here's the video of the same burn... Continue reading
Earlier this month, the University of New Haven Fire Science Club was on hand during the launch of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition to create structures for the event's live burn/sprinkler demonstration. Their efforts didn't stop there. A club member also manned a thermal imaging camera during the demonstrations to document the disparity of temperatures inside the sprinklered and unsprinklered structures during a fire. First, watch this video of Keith Flood, chair of the Connecticut coalition and fire marshal of the West Haven Fire Department, narrating the fire spread in the unsprinklered structure: Here's the video of the same burn... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Kudos to fire officials at Estero Fire Rescue, who have initiated a study on the cost and benefits of a potential sprinkler ordinance for new, one- and two-family homes. Though the town is nearing build out, the Naples Daily News... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Kudos to fire officials at Estero Fire Rescue, who have initiated a study on the cost and benefits of a potential sprinkler ordinance for new, one- and two-family homes. Though the town is nearing build out, the Naples Daily News reports that community planners are considering "higher density" developments for some of the remaining parcels. Moreover, sprinklers would protect the town's higher-than-average high-risk groups, which include children and the elderly, populations that have a greater risk of dying in a house fire, per NFPA research. Estero Fire Marshal Phillip Green told the paper that the area's estimated cost for sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Sprinkler installers at the site of a new home in Washington State. The serenity of Fox Island, resting quietly in the Puget Sound and minutes from Tacoma, Washington, was pierced on December 4, 2013, when a fast-moving fire ripped through the home of a prominent physician, his wife, and three children. Upon witnessing the fire that bitterly cold evening, a neighbor rushed to the scene and pulled the couple's special-needs son from the home. Flames prevented him from reentering the home to rescue the boy's twin sister. The wife and her teenaged daughter escaped safely. By the time the fire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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David LaFond (left), regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, presents certificates of appreciation to Massachusetts fire officials recognizing their home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts. As highlighted on this blog, NFPA and sprinkler advocates from the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition collaborated for the sprinklering of two, new Habitat for Humanity homes in the town of Hanover. David LaFond, New England regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association and member of the coalition, recently presented "certificates of appreciation" on behalf of the coalition to Hanover Fire Chief Jeffrey Blanchard and Deputy Fire Chief Barbara Stone In recognition of their... Continue reading
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David LaFond (left), regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, presents certificates of appreciation to Massachusetts fire officials recognizing their home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts. As highlighted on this blog, NFPA and sprinkler advocates from the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition collaborated for the sprinklering of two, new Habitat for Humanity homes in the town of Hanover. David LaFond, New England regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association and member of the coalition, recently presented "certificates of appreciation" on behalf of the coalition to Hanover Fire Chief Jeffrey Blanchard and Deputy Fire Chief Barbara Stone In recognition of their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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 Oct 15, 2014 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 Oct 14, 2014 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