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Now is the time when home fires are at their worst. February and its two preceding months are the leading months for U.S. home fires, according to NFPA. These incidents are already responsible for more than 300 reported U.S. deaths since the start of the year, says the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). NFPA has partnered with USFA for its Put a Freeze on Winter Fires Campaign, which aims to prevent these tragedies. February is also the month to get educated on home fire sprinklers, stated David Kurasz, a member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition, in a recent letter... Continue reading
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Now is the time when home fires are at their worst. February and its two preceding months are the leading months for U.S. home fires, according to NFPA. These incidents are already responsible for more than 300 reported U.S. deaths since the start of the year, says the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). NFPA has partnered with USFA for its Put a Freeze on Winter Fires Campaign, which aims to prevent these tragedies. February is also the month to get educated on home fire sprinklers, stated David Kurasz, a member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition, in a recent letter... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Need proof that home fire sprinklers can be installed in a cost-effective manner? Check out this series of eye-opening case studies accumulated by NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative. All of them can be found on our site's "Case Studies" page: The city of Lenai, Alaska, passed an ordinance that provides a homeowner tax credit for the installation of home fire sprinklers. Homeowners who install sprinklers will receive a tax credit up to the total cost of installation, or two dollars per square foot for the size of their home, not including their garage. Here's how the town of Kenmore, Washington, went... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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In recent months, Floridians have been getting more than a dose of the sun's warmth. The issue of home fire sprinklers has also been heating up, prompted by local safety advocates initiating dialogue on these devices. Take, for instance, Gainesville Fire Rescue, which is raising awareness of sprinklers through education. "The number one loss of life today from fire is not in buildings like this where we enjoy the protection of sprinklers," Gainesville Fire Chief Jeff Lane said during a recent presentation to the City Commission inside City Hall. "Where we lose lives today is in our homes, and you'd... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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"We're not off to a good start this year," La Crosse, Wisconsin, Fire Department Division Chief Craig Snyder recently told a local news station. Going three years without experiencing a fatal fire, La Crosse has had two already this year. Other home fires this year in the town have also displaced a number of people. While working with the Red Cross to install 2,500 smoke alarms throughout Wisconsin, fire officials are also focusing on these recent fires to make a passionate plea for home fire sprinklers. Though not required by law in Wisconsin, Snyder says sprinklers can be the best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Images of firefighter Phil Tammaro's injuries flashed on screens filling one of NFPA's conference rooms. Photos showcased burns on his legs he sustained at two years old during a 1971 home fire. For four decades, doctors had to treat these burns. NFPA staff had mixed reactions to the images; some turned away while others couldn't take their eyes off the screens. However, they collectively applauded Tammaro for sharing his story in the hopes of increasing safety at home. Tammaro is one of NFPA's newest Faces of Fire, a component of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative that humanizes today's home fire problem... Continue reading
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Images of firefighter Phil Tammaro's injuries flashed on screens filling one of NFPA's conference rooms. Photos showcased burns on his legs he sustained at two years old during a 1971 home fire. For four decades, doctors had to treat these burns. NFPA staff had mixed reactions to the images; some turned away while others couldn't take their eyes off the screens. However, they collectively applauded Tammaro for sharing his story in the hopes of increasing safety at home. Tammaro is one of NFPA's newest Faces of Fire, a component of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative that humanizes today's home fire problem... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The following was written by NFPA blogger Rick Ennis: After writing six blog posts, I wanted to pause to reflect. If you have been a regular reader, thanks! Hopefully, you have caught on to the theme the first six blogs were intended to create. If you haven’t been a regular reader, I would encourage you to read my previous posts in the order they were written. I have received some very positive feedback and constructive criticism. Some feel that I am merely stating the obvious and really not recommending how to resolve any issues. I would like to take this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Some might have simply accepted a code-making body's ruling to not sprinkler all new homes. But that's not what's occurring in New York. Armed with more than 2,000 letters from New York residents supporting sprinklers, members of the New York Sprinkler Initiative recently hand delivered these notes to the New York Department of State's office in Albany. Last year, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to update the state's building code without the provision to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. The initiative is now urging the Department of State--and its Division of Code... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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In the latest issue of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read how a New Jersey homeowner got a shocking response from his builder after requesting to have fire sprinklers installed in his new home. You’ll also find stories on: NFPA’s response to a commentary filled with fire sprinkler inaccuracies and misstatements why Kermit the Frog has it wrong: it’s easy being green (with fire sprinklers) how air flow and a lack of home fire sprinklers impacted two deadly fires Subscribing to our free, monthly newsletter is easy; simply fill out this simple form to make sure you're receiving top sprinkler... Continue reading
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In the latest issue of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read how a New Jersey homeowner got a shocking response from his builder after requesting to have fire sprinklers installed in his new home. You’ll also find stories on: NFPA’s response to a commentary filled with fire sprinkler inaccuracies and misstatements why Kermit the Frog has it wrong: it’s easy being green (with fire sprinklers) how air flow and a lack of home fire sprinklers impacted two deadly fires Subscribing to our free, monthly newsletter is easy; simply fill out this simple form to make sure you're receiving top sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Fire demonstrations. Opinion editorials. TV appearances. These have been some of the tactics used by Maryland's safety advocates to defend the life-saving capability of the state's sprinkler requirement. Threatened by recent legislation to weaken this requirement, advocates have ramped up their effort to promote sprinklers in new homes. Their efforts seem to be working. An editorial that appeared in the Carroll County Times stated that it hopes the legislation goes "up in smoke." "We understand the burden on developers, particularly in recent years as the real estate bubble burst with ever-increasing federal and state regulations on homebuilding have cut into... Continue reading
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Fire demonstrations. Opinion editorials. TV appearances. These have been some of the tactics used by Maryland's safety advocates to defend the life-saving capability of the state's sprinkler requirement. Threatened by recent legislation to weaken this requirement, advocates have ramped up their effort to promote sprinklers in new homes. Their efforts seem to be working. An editorial that appeared in the Carroll County Times stated that it hopes the legislation goes "up in smoke." "We understand the burden on developers, particularly in recent years as the real estate bubble burst with ever-increasing federal and state regulations on homebuilding have cut into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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On May 5, 2014, a fire in a single-family home in Riverdale, Illinois, led to the unfortunate death of Dedra Matthews, who lived in the community for 12 years. The fire was less than a block from the firehouse. That same year, Riverdale officials adopted a sprinkler ordinance in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Fire Chief Robert Scharnhorst proposed the code upgrade to Mayor Lawrence Jackson. Following Jackson’s recommendation to Riverdale’s Village Board, the ordinance passed unanimously. Rebuilt to code, the house that suffered the fatal fire includes sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Register today for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative webinar, Home Fire Sprinklers: Enhancing Your Grassroots Effort, on Wednesday, February 3 @ 12:30 p.m. EST. Why is this free webinar so important? Every community has their own challenges when planning and implementing home fire sprinkler educational programs. Challenges may be related to code activities, limited resources, housing starts, or anti-sprinkler activities. This free, half-hour webinar will discuss the importance of recognizing those unique challenges, identifying target audiences, and how the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's free resources can enhance your grassroots efforts. Register today! Related articles New and improved Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter... Continue reading
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Register today for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative webinar, Home Fire Sprinklers: Enhancing Your Grassroots Effort, on Wednesday, February 3 @ 12:30 p.m. EST. Why is this free webinar so important? Every community has their own challenges when planning and implementing home fire sprinkler educational programs. Challenges may be related to code activities, limited resources, housing starts, or anti-sprinkler activities. This free, half-hour webinar will discuss the importance of recognizing those unique challenges, identifying target audiences, and how the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's free resources can enhance your grassroots efforts. Register today! Related articles New and improved Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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There were many nuggets of truth during a recent story on home fires that appeared on NBC's "Today" and reported by Jeff Rossen: Confirmed by research and the segment's dramatic demonstration, homes and the furniture housed in them are burning hotter and faster then ever before Home escape plans should be created and practiced regularly (NFPA's free resources can help you accomplish this goal) During a fire, if a smoke alarm sounds, leave your home immediately However, there was a crucial component of home safety missing from the news story. As Rossen reported, the National Association of Home Builders told... Continue reading
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There were many nuggets of truth during a recent news story on home fires that appeared on NBC's "Today" and reported by Jeff Rossen: Confirmed by research and the segment's dramatic demonstration, homes and the furniture housed in them are burning hotter and faster then ever before Home escape plans should be created and practiced regularly (NFPA's free resources can help you accomplish this goal) During a fire, if a smoke alarm sounds, leave your home immediately However, there was a crucial component of home safety missing from the news story. As Rossen reported, the National Association of Home Builders... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The following essay was written by Gregg Cleveland, fire chief for the La Crosse Fire Department in Wisconsin and chair of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition. A staunch supporter for home fire sprinklers, Cleveland masters the art of sarcasm: For those that don’t remember, Ralph Nader was a formidable political activist in the 1960s and ‘70s. He put considerable pressure on the auto industry to make safety improvements, thus reducing the number of highway deaths. He was successful in convincing the auto industry to make cars safer for the American public. Unfortunately, Nader had it all wrong. Many have compared... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team constantly hears comments from the fire service and other safety advocates that in order to create tomorrow's safer homes, we need to better educate our children today. As future homeowners, children can play a crucial role in bolstering demand for home fire sprinklers. The more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Safety Source
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NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team constantly hears comments from the fire service and other safety advocates that in order to create tomorrow's safer homes, we need to better educate our children today. As future homeowners, children can play a crucial role in bolstering demand for home fire sprinklers. The more educated a child gets on home fire sprinklers, the more likely they are to demand this safety feature as adults. The creative minds at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have developed an entire website, SprinklerSmarts.org, crammed with interactive videos, games, and lesson plans on home fire sprinklers. Whether you're a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Advertised as "the perfect meld of easy, maintenance-free living ... with wonderful amenities," Tuscany Townhomes in Elko, Nevada, has something even more special in its homes: fire sprinklers. A recent news report has labeled the new development as having "the first fire sprinklers within a single-family dwelling in Elko." And it appears the builder is joining the fire department in praising the devices. "This is our first venture with fire sprinklers [in the Elko area] so it was kind of a learning process, but I have to say it was fairly simple," Dusty Shipp, owner of Braemar Construction, told the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Members of the New York Sprinkler Initiative are seeking help in support of a statewide, sprinkler requirement. The Initiative has advocated for the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the provision to install sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. Unfortunately, the 2015 IRC was adopted but the sprinkler provision was removed. The Initiative is now gathering support for requiring home fire sprinklers in new townhouses. This would be a first step in assuring these life-saving devices are installed in all new residences statewide. Please... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Burnt, but not destroyed: the aftermath of a grease fire following a fire sprinkler activation In no particular order, here are examples of fire sprinkler activations that have occurred over the past few months. For those doubting the necessity of these devices in new homes, pay close attention to the fire officials' statements in each anecdote: Maple Ridge, British Columbia Two recent home fires in this town had starkly different outcomes. Firefighters arriving to the first one reported heavy smoke and flames. They immediately performed an interior rescue involving a wheelchair-bound man and his daughter. Firefighters also had to rescue... Continue reading
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Burnt, but not destroyed: the aftermath of a grease fire following a fire sprinkler activation In no particular order, here are examples of fire sprinkler activations that have occurred over the past few months. For those doubting the necessity of these devices in new homes, pay close attention to the fire officials' statements in each anecdote: Maple Ridge, British Columbia Two recent home fires in this town had starkly different outcomes. Firefighters arriving to the first one reported heavy smoke and flames. They immediately performed an interior rescue involving a wheelchair-bound man and his daughter. Firefighters also had to rescue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative