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Fred Durso
Unsure how to join the many safety advocates taking action during North America's first Home Fire Sprinkler Day? Don't fret. Whether planning a citywide event or simply alerting your social media contacts about the day, your participation will be a crucial component to Sprinkler Day's success. If you haven't yet planned an event for Saturday, May… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Photo: Twitter   Tragedy has once again placed a national spotlight on fire sprinklers.     A recent fire at New York City's Trump Tower claimed the life of 67-year-old Todd Brassner and injured six firefighters, reports ABC News. The 50th-floor residence had no working smoke alarms or fire sprinklers. The fire's cause is believed to be… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Here is today's disturbing fact: forty percent of people recently surveyed believe they are more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning than experience a home fire.    This finding was one of many underscored by the American Red Cross in a new survey of more than 600 American adults. The results underscore a public woefully… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
    NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have created a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 19 Home Fire Sprinkler Day. Have your city or town's official sign the proclamation to acknowledging the event and any local activities associated with it.    Download the proclamation (we even have a Canadian version)… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Phil Egan begins his commentary for the North Bay Nipissing News with this heartbreaking line: "On the cold, winter night that my 24-year-old sister Frances lay down to sleep, she never realized she had spent her last day on earth."   Living only a three-minute "run" from the nearest fire station, Frances did not survive a fire at her home, which… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
On Saturday, May 19, you and others will get the chance to take collective action to help solve North America's home fire problem. Participating in Home Fire Sprinkler Day will send a powerful message to your local decision makers, residents, and the media that fire sprinklers in new homes should be embraced. Here are some tactics for taking… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A three-alarm, residential fire in January displaced Iowa residents, one of them being Jake Vanderslice. Seven weeks after the fire, a TV station checked in with him at the scene of the incident. He was finally able to enter the residence and witness the extent of the damage while grabbing some personal items. Since the fire, he's been living with… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Two surveys are shedding light on an apparent disconnect among the fire service and home developers. One of these surveys conducted for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) found that 55 percent of developers interviewed stated they are interested in incorporating fire sprinklers in their new homes if offered an incentive or trade up. However,… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Following London's Grenfell Tower fire last year that killed 71 people, an English fire safety committee is demanding fire sprinklers in all homes.     A new report by the London Assembly underscored the life-saving abilities of sprinklers and called on new building regulations for this technology, reports The Independent. The Grenfell Tower was… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
NFPA and others have been hard at work making sure your Home Fire Sprinkler Day event goes off without a hitch. To help raise awareness of your local events and this North American endeavor, we've created a series of social media cards that work perfectly in a Facebook post, tweet, or elsewhere. Download the following for your use:      "save the… (Show more)
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