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Click to view contentTom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), laid down a new year’s challenge he calls “Ban the Ban” to others concerned about reducing home fire loss. In a recent articlein the organization’s newsletter he pointed out that while a number of jurisdictions had success in passing sprinkler… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentNFPA has received word from the Fire Protection Association (FPA) Australia that fire sprinklers will be required in new apartment buildings over three stories in height. The association calls the new requirement "the most significant shift in fire safety policy since the introduction of mandatory smoke alarms in homes and shared accommodation… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentThe following commentary is from Steve Leyton, president of Protection Design and Consulting:    I read your summary of the Geneva, Illinois, council action and Bill Webb’s comments regarding homebuilder misrepresentations of costs. Please remember that although most conversations are definitely corrupted by misinformation by the National… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentWhich of our stories on home fires and fire sprinklers got the most attention in 2018? Here's a recap of our five most popular posts appearing on this blog:    5. Station Nightclub survivor weighs in on city council's anti-sprinkler vote   4. State approves new building and fire codes but strips them of key safety requirements   3. New NFPA… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentIt's an unfortunate fact that the media doesn't typically crave success stories. Reporters are more inclined to cover stories on destruction, accidents, or system failures and less likely to underscore when something went right. Think about the number of recent stories on catastrophic home fires you may have seen or watched, and compare them to… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentNFPA has gotten word that two more towns have passed requirements for home fire sprinklers this year. Dayton, Maine, and Washougal, Washington, have joined nearly a half-dozen other towns that are installing sprinklers in their new homes. (Nearby Camas, Washington, approved their own sprinkler ordinance in 2016.) Others that have made the list… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view content“People are at risk of a fire anywhere they live, work, or recreate. But residential fires have accounted for almost all of the loss of life in our community,” Las Vegas Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Robert Nolan told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. While those statements are applicable in far too many U.S. cities, the news outlet focused its… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentSource: WFMJ   Five children--ranging in age from one to nine years old--died in a horrific home fire in Youngstown, Ohio, this month. At the time of this post, the children's mother remains in critical condition at a Cleveland burn center after she leaped from a second-story window and roof to escape the flames.    "I don't think she knows… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentNFPA has been developing new ways of letting the public know that home fires should be a serious concern. Simply telling people that home fires are responsible for the majority of fire deaths isn't enough to change behavior. We need to show them the gut-wrenching realities of fire.      We took this approach with NFPA's first, limited episode… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentThe Sheridan Press reports that the Sheridan, Wyoming, Town Council voted "no" during a third and final reading on a code requirement to sprinkler its new homes. The council voted similarly during previous readings.    Despite the vote, research efforts on a sprinkler requirement in Sheridan will continue. While installation costs were discussed… (Show more)
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