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Fred Durso
Fire sprinkler advocates are likely familiar with the popular myths associated with home fire sprinklers. (No, smoke won't set off fire sprinklers.)  Lesser-known myths pertain to requirements found in NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Setting the record straight is NFPA's Fire… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
If two New Jersey legislators have their say, all new homes in the Garden State will be protected by fire sprinklers.    A bill introduced in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and another introduced in the State Senate by Senator Teresa Ruiz would require fire sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. Similar bills in… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Rain may have been in the forecast for many parts of North America on Saturday, May 19. However, it did not dampen efforts to finally give home fire sprinklers the widespread attention this technology deserves.    More than 50 events in 25 U.S. states and Canadian provinces took place on or around North America's first Home Fire Sprinkler… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
The big day is almost here. Are you ready?    Advocates across the U.S. and Canada are initiating more than 50 events for Home Fire Sprinkler Day, set to take place in the U.S. on Saturday, May 19. (Visit our event map to see where these events are occurring.) The end goal for hosting these events on the same day is to raise awareness of this… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Don Jolley, fire chief for the City of Pitt Meadows in British Columbia and the first vice president of the Fire Chiefs' Association of British Columbia, offered a unique perspective to Firefighting in Canada.    "Why ... has the fire service not completely endorsed, advocated for, and demanded at the highest level the inclusion of fire… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Photo: Twitter Five children lost their lives during a Greensboro, North Carolina, residential fire this month. News reports state that the two boys and three girls, ranging in age from 18 months to nine years old, were refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fire started in the kitchen, and the home did not have working smoke alarms,… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Whether or not you're hosting or attending one of the many events on Home Fire Sprinkler Day, here's a simple way of getting the media's attention: write a letter to the editor.   NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have developed a free template you can use. If you're hosting a sprinkler event in your area, the… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
You may have heard that new homes burn faster than homes built decades ago, but why is that the case?   A recent news story from Arizona offers an explanation. One component is the material used to build new homes. "When homes were built out of heavy timbers and nominal lumber--like when a 2-by-4 was a 2-by-4 ... and floor joists were solid… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Our fire sprinkler advocates have told us they wanted more educational information on the requirements in NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Taking their advice, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative team has created a new section on our site that offers insights into questions on home fire… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A new survey by the American Red Cross has unveiled disturbing misconceptions about home fires. Read the findings from this survey in the latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. There are also stories on:    six ways you can take action on Home Fire Sprinkler Day on May 19 the Trump Tower fire and how a fire death in its… (Show more)
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