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freddurso
Fire safety advocates in Palatine, Illinois, gave such a convincing case for home fire sprinklers that its council members recently voted to require them in all new homes. Palatine is the 105th Illinois community with a fire sprinkler ordinance. Rock Island, Illinois, also passed their own requirement this year. (Read our interview with Rock… (Show more)
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freddurso
The legislative Regulation Review Committee in Connecticut has formally approved new safety codes, including a State Building Code, Fire Safety Code, and Fire Prevention Code that will fall short of nationally recognized standards and fire safety requirements. The Connecticut codes all go into effect by October, but none will include requirements… (Show more)
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freddurso
Developers need to know that installing fire sprinklers in their new homes can be a financial win. Serious dollars can be saved via reducing construction and infrastructure costs if sprinklers are included in new homes. If you're lacking the tools or strategy to pitch these incentives to your local developers or decision makers, new resources can… (Show more)
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freddurso
A big complaint from our safety advocates is that fire sprinkler activations don't get nearly as much media play as home fires. Or, when an activation occurs, the media focuses more on the "damage" than what was actually prevented.    Giving credit where credit is due, we highlight the following media outlets who have prominently--and… (Show more)
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freddurso
There's growing concern pertaining to chemical flame retardants used in upholstered furniture. While aiming to improve fire safety at home, these chemicals have gotten the attention of health advocates, who highlight research linking these chemicals to cancer and other ailments. Striking the right balance between fire safety and health concerns is… (Show more)
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freddurso
On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, fire safety measures appear to have been prioritized following last year's high-rise fire at the Marco Polo building in Honolulu. Killing four people and injuring others, the fire received international attention since it occurred soon after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London. Hawaiians impacted by the… (Show more)
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freddurso
Safety advocates are taking their sprinkler education and advocacy on the road, literally.    Members of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition developed this bus ad promoting home fire sprinklers that includes the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) website. The Oregon coalition tells NFPA that the ad was funded via a grant from the Federal… (Show more)
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freddurso
Members of the Maine Fire Sprinkler Coalition recently participated in a town council workshop that discussed strengthening the town of Gorham's fire sprinkler requirement. According to an news story, Gorham subdivision homes must include fire sprinklers if not served by "an approved fire pond or public hydrants" or rest on long, dead end… (Show more)
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freddurso
Residential fires have already killed more than 40 people in South Carolina this year. Fire sprinklers can help end these tragedies in new homes, but the state lacks a requirement to sprinkler these dwellings. That's not stopping one advocate recently interviewed on a TV news station. Trying to sell sprinklers to potential homebuyers (and… (Show more)
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Photo: GoFundMe A devastating fire in Middletown, New Jersey, took the lives of an 18-year-old girl and her pet dog. Aubree Larusso, recent graduate of Middletown North High School, was trapped in her bedroom when the fire started. Also home during the fire were her mother, brother, and a family friend, but all escaped unharmed, according to… (Show more)
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