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I recently came across a sprinkler-related report that's quite the page-turner. Written by Kent State University student Christiana Stegman and highlighted by the U.S. Fire Administration in one of its recent news roundups, the thesis underscores efforts by sprinkler opponents in Pennsylvania to nix sprinkler requirements for new homes that would have taken effect in 2011. Persuaded by convincing lobbyists, the state's lawmakers repealed the sprinkler requirement that year. Learn how the author counters home fire sprinkler myths with facts by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Continue reading
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I recently came across a sprinkler-related report that's quite the page-turner. Written by Kent State University student Christiana Stegman and highlighted by the U.S. Fire Administration in one of its recent news roundups, the thesis underscores efforts by sprinkler opponents in Pennsylvania to nix sprinkler requirements for new homes that would have taken effect in 2011. Persuaded by convincing lobbyists, the state's lawmakers repealed the sprinkler requirement that year. Stegman effectively outlines--and counters--the "number of arguments against the policy of requiring sprinkler systems in newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings" in her thesis, "The Impact of Residential Automatic Sprinkler Systems:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A fire large enough to destroy an Idaho home and threaten surrounding houses prompted a battalion chief to stress the importance of home fire sprinklers. According to a story in the Idaho Press-Tribune, the recent fire occurred while the homeowner was visiting a neighbor and the homeowner's daughter was sleeping inside the structure. Luckily, another neighbor noticed the fire and awoke the woman. As the smoke alarms sounded, both escaped the blaze safely. The house, however, was a complete loss. "Our biggest success was keeping the fire off the neighbor's house," Battalion Chief Tim Scott told the newspaper. "Getting hose... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Find out why one newspaper is calling home fire sprinklers "the next big trend coming down the pike" in the July edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. The latest edition also includes information on: joining or starting a state sprinkler state coalition with assistance from NFPA a house fire that killed seven people, including three children, that has reignited the push for sprinkler requirements a new survey confirming that homeowners truly prefer a sprinklered home Stay up to date on the latest sprinkler news across North America by subscribing to this free newsletter. You'll receive monthly editions directly to... Continue reading
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Find out why one newspaper is calling home fire sprinklers "the next big trend coming down the pike" in the July edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. The latest edition also includes information on: joining or starting a state sprinkler state coalition with assistance from NFPA a house fire that killed seven people, including three children, that has reignited the push for sprinkler requirements a new survey confirming that homeowners truly prefer a sprinklered home Stay up to date on the latest sprinkler news across North America by subscribing to this free newsletter. You'll receive monthly editions directly to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Seventeen minutes. That's the amount of time it took for a recent fire, initiated by a malfunctioning dishwasher, to turn a Wyoming home from livable to uninhabitable. Firefighters from the Casper Fire Department, acting as tour guides, ushered interested parties through the building; children gasped upon viewing the destruction, while the firemen probed the parties about their knowledge of escape planning and smoke alarms. The open house was also an opportunity to educate the public on how home fire sprinklers, had these devices been installed, could have led to a different outcome. Find out more by visiting the Fire Sprinkler... Continue reading
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Seventeen minutes. That's the amount of time it took for a recent fire, initiated by a malfunctioning dishwasher, to turn a Wyoming home from livable to uninhabitable. Firefighters from the Casper Fire Department, acting as tour guides, ushered interested parties through the building; children gasped upon viewing the destruction, while the firemen probed the parties about their knowledge of escape planning and smoke alarms. The open house was also an opportunity to educate the public on how home fire sprinklers, had these devices been installed, could have led to a different outcome. "A residential sprinkler will put out a fire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The NFPA report, "U.S. Experience With Fire Sprinklers,” notes that these systems “operated in 91 percent of all reported structure fires large enough to activate sprinklers.” However, if a fire sprinkler controls or puts out a fire, it’s often a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The NFPA report, "U.S. Experience With Fire Sprinklers,” notes that these systems “operated in 91 percent of all reported structure fires large enough to activate sprinklers.” However, if a fire sprinkler controls or puts out a fire, it’s often a story that does not make headlines. The general public and municipal officials never really hear about successful fire sprinkler activations. Unfortunately, that means that when it is time to review code considerations that require fire sprinklers, many times the initiative fails because the public and local decision makers typically do not know the value or impact that fire sprinklers have... Continue reading
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The NFPA report, "U.S. Experience With Fire Sprinklers,” notes that these systems “operated in 91 percent of all reported structure fires large enough to activate sprinklers.” However, if a fire sprinkler controls or puts out a fire, it’s often a story that does not make headlines. The general public and municipal officials never really hear about successful fire sprinkler activations. Unfortunately, that means that when it is time to review code considerations that require fire sprinklers, many times the initiative fails because the public and local decision makers typically do not know the value or impact that fire sprinklers have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A retiring fire chief from the Canadian city of Calgary offered a word of warning before leaving his post: the city's suburban growth rate will impact the fire department's ability to do its job. The Calgary Herald reported that while the city has raced to build enough fire departments to service "new fringe communities," those costs keep rising. "Growth, and especially non-contiguous growth--growth that doesn't touch up against existing services--is very expensive to provide services to," Chief Bruce Burrell told the paper. What may help to ease this burden is home fire sprinklers. A source quoted in the story states... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Jim and Leslie McDonald were enjoying a recent Tuesday afternoon when Leslie suddenly heard a loud bang. "I thought Jim had just put something up against the wall," Leslie told the Prescott, Arizona, Fire and Medical Department. In actuality, it was the couple's neighbor banging on their door, screaming that their house was on fire. Leslie ran outside (Jim had been in the backyard) and saw smoke and flames shooting from their garage, which housed an SUV, classic car, motorcycle, radio-controlled airplanes, and other items. Read what happened next by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Continue reading
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Jim and Leslie McDonald were enjoying a recent Tuesday afternoon when Leslie suddenly heard a loud bang. "I thought Jim had just put something up against the wall," Leslie told the Prescott, Arizona, Fire and Medical Department. In actuality, it was the couple's neighbor banging on their door, screaming that their house was on fire. Leslie ran outside (Jim had been in the backyard) and saw smoke and flames shooting from their garage, which housed an SUV, classic car, motorcycle, radio-controlled airplanes, and other items. As she ran to get her garden hose, Leslie watched as the smoke transformed from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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"Can I use a water mist system instead of automatic sprinklers?" That was a common question posed during the development of the 2013 edition of NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. The NFPA 13D Residential Sprinkler Systems Technical Committee concluded that the answer lies somewhere other than this document. The NFPA 13D committee does not have the scope to write requirements for water mist systems; they provide design and installation criteria for automatic sprinklers in residential settings. If an applicable building code requires sprinkler system installation in accordance with NFPA 13D, it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Fire is fire, whether you live in the U.S. or...Antarctica? Some 200 Colorado residents currently live on the wintry continent, which can mask the reality that fire there is a real and dangerous threat. What better way to showcase the power of fire and automatic sprinklers to soon-to-be Antarcticans than with a live burn demonstration? Members of the Colorado Fire Sprinkler Coalition were on hand to assist with such an event at Lockheed Martin's Centennial, Colorado, facility. Since Lockheed hires at least 1,000 people a year to work in Antarctica, the goal of the demonstration was to school employee's on... Continue reading
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Fire is fire, whether you live in the U.S. or...Antarctica? Some 200 Colorado residents currently live on the wintry continent, which can mask the reality that fire there is a real and dangerous threat. What better way to showcase the power of fire and automatic sprinklers to soon-to-be Antarcticans than with a live burn demonstration? Members of the Colorado Fire Sprinkler Coalition were on hand to assist with such an event at Lockheed Martin's Centennial, Colorado, facility. Since Lockheed hires at least 1,000 people a year to work in Antarctica, the goal of the demonstration was to school employee's on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Hands-free doorknobs that open doors. Electrical outlets that pop out of walls with a light touch. Home fire sprinklers that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. Innovation was on display for the thousands of developers, architects, contractors, and manufacturers attending the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco. Covering the event was the San Jose Mercury News, which called residential sprinklers "another big trend coming down the pike." For more information on this event, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog. Continue reading
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Hands-free doorknobs that open doors. Electrical outlets that pop out of walls with a light touch. Home fire sprinklers that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. Innovation was on display for the thousands of developers, architects, contractors, and manufacturers attending the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco. Covering the event was the San Jose Mercury News, which called residential sprinklers "another big trend coming down the pike." While California has required sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes since 2011, the look and reliability of sprinkler heads will make them a viable option for more and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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The 2013 recipient of the "Bringing Safety Home" award was Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Minick from the North Charleston (SC) Fire Department. Presenting the award are NFPA's Lorraine Carli and HFSC's Peg Paul. Do you know a stellar fire chief... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The 2013 recipient of the "Bringing Safety Home" award was Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Minick from the North Charleston (SC) Fire Department. Presenting the award are NFPA's Lorraine Carli and HFSC's Peg Paul. Do you know a stellar fire chief that has advocated for home fire sprinkler installation? Here's your chance to honor him or her via a special recognition. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have teamed up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for the Bringing Safety Home Award, which recognizes fire chiefs who have worked to increase the installation of home... Continue reading
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The 2013 recipient of the "Bringing Safety Home" award was Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Minick from the North Charleston (SC) Fire Department. Presenting the award are NFPA's Lorraine Carli and HFSC's Peg Paul. Do you know a stellar fire chief that has advocated for home fire sprinkler installation? Here's your chance to honor him or her via a special recognition. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have teamed up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for the Bringing Safety Home Award, which recognizes fire chiefs who have worked to increase the installation of home... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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An idyllic lakefront community was startled from slumber recently when an early-morning house fire occurred as the home's occupant was out for a stroll. The fire began before 8 a.m. on June 23 as the resident's teenaged daughter was sleeping inside the waterfront home, which is located in the French Creek Harbour area of British Columbia. Fortunately, a smoke alarm awoke the teen, and she escaped the house without harm. Furthermore, the home's sprinkler system helped douse the fire, which was initiated by a faulty water heater, according to a report by the Oceanside Star. Made evident by this incident,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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An Illinois county recently updated its building code but decided not to mandate the sprinkler provision for new one- and two-family homes. A month later, tragedy struck. Learn what happened in the latest edition of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. This issue also includes stories on: an award-winning radio series underscoring the home fire sprinkler debate and perils of lightweight construction the newly formed Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and a Texas-sized turnout at a recent sprinkler event How to showcase sprinklers to your community at little or no cost If you haven't done so already, subscribe to the free, monthly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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I am pleased to introduce Matt Klaus, columnist for NFPA Journal and one of the newest contributors to this blog. As NFPA's principal fire protection engineer and staff liaison for NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, Klaus has extensive knowledge of the standard and will regularly discuss technical aspects of home fire sprinklers that will hopefully initiative some online discussions. (Click on the "comment" button below to offer your feedback or suggestions for future topics.) Here is his inaugural post. Check this blog often for additional insights from Matt. One of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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A plaque commemorates the 15 people who lost their lives from the Elliott Chambers Rooming House fire in 1984. (Photo: Elliott Chambers Memorial Foundation Facebook page) Usually a time for celebrating, the July 4th holiday began with a tragedy 30 years ago. Around 4 a.m. that morning in 1984, a fire started at the Elliott Chambers Rooming House in Beverly, Mass., and spread up the stairway to living quarters on the second and third floor. Escape was nearly impossible as people were trapped in their rooms. (Back then, rooming houses were known as "death traps" due to the high number... Continue reading