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Joining the growing list of writers for the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog is newcomer Audrey Goldstein. She is an associate fire protection engineer with NFPA, responsible for responding to technical questions on NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, and other water-based suppression documents. We've brought Audrey on board to address topics related to NFPA 13D as well as other technical aspects of home fire sprinklers. If there are any topics you'd like Audrey to address, comment on this blog or send us an email. Audrey proudly hails from Maryland, one of only... Continue reading
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Joining the growing list of writers for this blog is newcomer Audrey Goldstein. She is an associate fire protection engineer with NFPA, responsible for responding to technical questions on NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, and other water-based suppression documents. We've brought Audrey on board to address topics related to NFPA 13D as well as other technical aspects of home fire sprinklers. If there are any topics you'd like Audrey to address, comment on this blog or send us an email. Audrey proudly hails from Maryland, one of only two states with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Building awareness of home fire sprinklers is the aim for a growing number of safety advocates in Missouri. To accomplish this goal, the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host its first sprinkler summit on March 10, 2015, at the Holiday Inn East in Columbia, Missouri. The event will bring together key residential sprinkler advocates from across the state and U.S. for the purposes of networking and sharing best practices. Attendees will learn how to educate the public on the benefits of sprinklers, convince code-making officials and legislators that sprinkler requirements save lives, and discover the free resources available for sprinkler... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Earlier this month, a number of publications picked up an opinion piece by David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Similar to trends that have occurred in other states (Alabama, for example), New Jersey saw an unfortunate uptick in fire fatalities in 2014. More specifically, there was nearly a 30-percent increase in fire deaths in 2014 when compared with 2013 totals. "I urge people to never leave space heaters unattended. Clean chimney flues before use, check all smoke detectors, and consider installing residential fire sprinklers," pleaded... Continue reading
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Earlier this month, a number of publications picked up an opinion piece by David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Similar to trends that have occurred in other states (Alabama, for example), New Jersey saw an unfortunate uptick in fire fatalities in 2014. More specifically, there was nearly a 30-percent increase in fire deaths in 2014 when compared with 2013 totals. "I urge people to never leave space heaters unattended. Clean chimney flues before use, check all smoke detectors, and consider installing residential fire sprinklers," pleaded... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A key ally in the push for home sprinkler requirements, Massachusetts Rep. Ruth Balser has once again filed a bill calling for the installation of these devices in newly constructed one- and two-family homes in her state. The bill is currently co-sponsored by state Sen. Ken Donnelly. Filed this month, the act states that "in any city or town which accepts the provisions ... every newly constructed building, designed or used for residential occupancy and containing no more than two dwelling units, shall be protected throughout with an adequate system of automatic sprinklers." At NFPA's recent Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Mirroring the position of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Cynthia Ross Tustin says the time for mandatory installation of home fire sprinklers is now. "You need a home escape plan, you need working smoke alarms, and you need home sprinklers," says the fire chief for the Essa Township Fire Department in Ontario, Canada, who was interviewed by a Canadian news publication. "It's not one or the other." Delaying the issue of requiring sprinklers, she says, makes no sense, especially since cities like Vancouver have seen life-saving successes in implementing a sprinkler ordinance. The story also cites Scottsdale, Arizona, which... Continue reading
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Mirroring the position of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Cynthia Ross Tustin says the time for mandatory installation of home fire sprinklers is now. "You need a home escape plan, you need working smoke alarms, and you need home sprinklers," says the fire chief for the Essa Township Fire Department in Ontario, Canada, who was interviewed by a Canadian news publication. "It's not one or the other." Delaying the issue of requiring sprinklers, she says, makes no sense, especially since cities like Vancouver have seen life-saving successes in implementing a sprinkler ordinance. The story also cites Scottsdale, Arizona, which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Fire Chief Dean Maggos helped develop one of Chicagoland’s first side-by-side fire and sprinkler demonstrations, and it’s evident his passion for home fire sprinklers has only intensified over the years. As fire chief and building department director for the Village of La Grange Park in Illinois, Maggos has presided over the completion of 61 teardown-and-rebuild projects and single-family-home retrofits featuring installation in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. With Maggos at the helm, the La Grange Park Fire Department has also conducted live fire/sprinkler demonstrations at its annual open house... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A New York association representing thousands of volunteer firefighters initiated a series of informational sessions for firefighters that discuss the importance of updating the state's building code and the necessity of not excluding a home fire sprinkler provision. At a recent legislative outreach meeting, about 50 firefighters heard how the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) will be encouraging the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to update the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. FASNY is urging the code council to adopt the 2015 edition of the International Residential Code, including the requirement... Continue reading
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A New York association representing thousands of volunteer firefighters initiated a series of informational sessions for firefighters that discuss the importance of updating the state's building code and the necessity of not excluding a home fire sprinkler provision. At a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Today's Responder
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A New York association representing thousands of volunteer firefighters initiated a series of informational sessions for firefighters that discuss the importance of updating the state's building code and the necessity of not excluding a home fire sprinkler provision. At a recent legislative outreach meeting, about 50 firefighters heard how the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) will be encouraging the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to update the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. FASNY is urging the code council to adopt the 2015 edition of the International Residential Code, including the requirement... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition crafted the following call to action after a deadly series of house fires in late 2014. For readers looking to join the coalition, contact coalition chair Jonathan Jones. During the week of Christmas, South Carolina lost a horrendous number of lives to residential fires. Eleven persons lost their lives in places that did not have the highest level of protection available, given current model code standards. Nine of these deaths occurred in one day, and five of the lives lost were under the age of 18. This heartbreaking loss of life makes the week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The sights and sounds of progress filled two homes in Hanover, Massachusetts, this week. Power saws sliced into wood, paint was slathered onto walls, nails pierced drywall. NFPA staffers, which included NFPA President Jim Pauley and members of the Leadership Team, were the muscle behind these activities that took place inside the homes. Another interior feature was what lured these volunteers to the homes in the first place. The South Shore Habitat for Humanity, the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and other sprinkler advocates collaborated to fully sprinkler the homes in an effort to showcase installation ease and cost. Following the... Continue reading
The sights and sounds of progress filled two homes in Hanover, Massachusetts, this week. Power saws sliced into wood, paint was slathered onto walls, nails pierced drywall. NFPA staffers were the muscle behind these activities that took place inside the homes. Another interior feature was what lured these volunteers to the homes in the first place. The South Shore Habitat for Humanity, the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and other sprinkler advocates collaborated to fully sprinkler the homes in an effort to showcase installation ease and cost. Following the late 2014 installation, NFPA staff set foot on the site this week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan is looking to make 2015 the Year of the Sprinkler. In a recent op-ed for The Berlin Daily Sun, Degnan encourages readers to make some New Year's resolutions that keep fire safety in mind. If building a new home, he states, demand sprinklers from your contractor. And take a more vocal stance in support of sprinkler requirements in whatever state you reside in. "We are constructing homes with more flammable materials and then filling them with more combustible contents and open space than ever before," states Degnan. "Resolve that you will write to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Just a reminder that this blog is regularly updated. For those that don't have the time to check it daily, there's an option to get the sprinkler news you crave delivered directly to your inbox. It's easy. 1. Click on the following button: 2. Click on the link stating "Get NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative delivered by email." 3. Add your email address. 4. You'll automatically receive an email notification alerting you of any new posts. 5. Happy reading! Related articles Upon learning benefits of home fire sprinklers, insurance agent prompts company discount Fire fatalities surpass last year's in a state... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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There's a push in Massachusetts to preserve and strengthen the state's sprinkler requirements, and advocates there once again have an important player working on their side. During his final days in office, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick reappointed Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher to the state's Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), an 11-member group that adopts building regulations and administers provisions of the state building code. Gallagher, who represents the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts on the BBRS and is fire chief with the Acushnet Fire and EMS Department, is a staunch supporter of home fire sprinklers; he and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Strong, public support for home fire sprinklers by Minnesota fire service officials and the state's governor has paid off. A mandatory provision to sprinkler all of the state's new homes larger than 4,500 square feet takes effect this month. For years, sprinkler opponents have attempted to thwart such requirements through the Minnesota State Legislature, which passed bills in 2011 and 2012 prohibiting new sprinkler mandates in the state's building code. Governor Mark Dayton, however, vetoed both bills. The state's Department of Labor and Industry has been looking to incorporate more stringent sprinkler provisions in the code, which already requires sprinklers... Continue reading
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Strong, public support for home fire sprinklers by Minnesota fire service officials and the state's governor has paid off. A mandatory provision to sprinkler all of the state's new homes larger than 4,500 square feet takes effect this month. For years, sprinkler opponents have attempted to thwart such requirements through the Minnesota State Legislature, which passed bills in 2011 and 2012 prohibiting new sprinkler mandates in the state's building code. Governor Mark Dayton, however, vetoed both bills. The state's Department of Labor and Industry has been looking to incorporate more stringent sprinkler provisions in the code, which already requires sprinklers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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For your viewing pleasure, here's a David Letterman-inspired countdown. We've determined the most popular posts from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog in 2014. Many thanks to our regular readers, commenters, and social media mavens who have made that blog a popular destination for sprinkler news. Expect to see more of what interests you in 2015! And remember: we're always looking for new news to highlight. If anything sprinkler-related crosses your desk or catches your eye, feel free to send it my way so I can highlight it for the good of our growing army of online sprinkler advocates. Without further... Continue reading
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For your viewing pleasure, here's a David Letterman-inspired countdown. We've determined the most popular posts from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog in 2014. Many thanks to our regular readers, commenters, and social media mavens who have made this blog a popular destination for sprinkler news. Expect to see more of what interests you in 2015! And remember: we're always looking for new news to highlight. If anything sprinkler-related crosses your desk or catches your eye, feel free to send it my way so I can highlight it for the good of our growing army of online sprinkler advocates. Without further... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A fire at a senior housing complex that killed five people has recharged discussions on the need for the adoption of current building codes and automatic fire sprinklers. According to Firehouse.com, the December incident occurred in a high-rise, senior living apartment complex in Castle Hills, Texas. The fire in the unsprinklered building killed five people. (The report adds that a sixth person who was living in the building has also died, but a city manager did not attribute the 71-year-old woman's death to the fire.) Sprinkler advocates across North America are underscoring this tragedy to demand sprinkler requirements in all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Thanks for the important stats, Marc. What has occurred in Prince George's County is a great example of the benefits of sprinkler ordinances.
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Giving a presentation that showcases home fire sprinklers? Maybe it's a live burn/sprinkler demonstration or an open house at a newly built sprinklered home. Don't let your efforts fall flat with a lackluster ending. Here are some tips by Brad Phillips that will encourage your audience to take action on sprinklers once your presentation comes to a close. Many public speakers are reluctant to offer an overt “call to action” at the end of their speeches. For whatever reason, many speakers feel uncomfortable telling the audience precisely what they want them to do after their speeches end. I’ve heard people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative