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Fred Durso
It's a wonder fire sprinklers in homes can be such a contentious point when they have the power to save lives, as you're about to read:    South Carolina For the second time in a matter of weeks, fire sprinklers here extinguished a residential fire before the fire department had arrived. In this incident in Port Royal, a kitchen fire activated… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
In our latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read about the upcoming Home Fire Sprinkler Day set for Saturday, May 19, 2018. Start planning your event today.   You'll also read about:    our new report that gives examples of fire sprinklers saving lives a city recently passing a requirement for home fire sprinklers and… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Burn survivor Rob Feeney addresses crowd during news conference marking the 15th anniversary of The Station Nightclub fire   Looking dapper in his firefighter dress blues, Rob Feeney recently addressed a crowd and media members gathered at West Warwick, Rhode Island. Fifteen years ago on this site, a casual night out with his fiancee, Donna… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Media stories have been filtering out of Illinois following the passage of a fire sprinkler requirement for new homes in Rock Island. Late last year, its city council voted on a building code update which included adopting a provision to sprinkler one- and two-family dwellings. Rock Island already requires fire sprinklering three-family homes and… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A 28-year-old father and two of his children, ages 5 and 6, died last month in a New Jersey home fire. Reports have indicated that the home did not have any smoke alarms or fire sprinklers--safety features that a local safety advocate says "could have prevented this horrific outcome."    In a letter to The Daily Journal, David Kurasz, executive… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Looking for examples of how fire sprinklers have saved lives and limited property damage? You're in luck.    NFPA's new report, "Sprinkler Successes in One- and Two-Family Homes and Apartments," documents actual incidents across the U.S. of fire sprinkler activations and its life-saving impacts. Here's an example of one of the report's anecdotes:… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
According to NFPA's "U.S. Fire Death Rates by State" report released last year, South Carolina has one of the highest in the nation; its fire death rate was ranked seventh in the nation. Eight of the 10 states with the highest fire death rates between 2011 and 2015 were in the South.    Safety advocates are confident that the best way to remove… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Photo: Facebook   To his colleagues on Capitol Hill (some of them high-profile), Ed Lorenzen had a brilliant mind. During his 20-year career on the Hill, his work on the federal budget, among other roles, received high praise. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, for instance, recently stated that Lorenzen "brought unparalleled knowledge,… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have delayed a requirement for fire sprinklers in certain residences. His decision was a direct result of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London.    Once again, state legislators are looking to delay these requirements. According to a recent story, a House panel approved another bill that… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
  Home fires claim the lives of seven people each day. Home fire sprinklers can help eliminate these tragedies, but legislative barriers and a general unawareness of this technology have prevented its use in new homes. America’s fire service and safety advocates will be able to take action in unison to raise national awareness of these challenges… (Show more)
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