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Click to view contentLaurie Christensen and Rachel Moreno with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office receive the 2018 Fire Sprinkler Leadership Award     The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition honored two advocates during the Texas Fire Marshal's Association Conference in October. Both received the 2018 Fire Sprinkler Leadership Award and are no strangers to fire… (Show more)
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Click to view contentThe town of Sheridan, Wyoming, upset safety advocates last week when its city council updated its building codes, but passed on a requirement to fire sprinkler its new homes. However, their vote doesn't appear to be a resounding "no" to sprinklers.    According to The Sheridan Press, city staff will continue discussions on installation… (Show more)
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Click to view contentAs we reported on this blog, the Geneva, Illinois, City Council recently voted not to require fire sprinkler its new homes. The lone dissenter of the 8-1 vote against sprinklers was Alderman Jeanne McGowan. Praising her in a recent letter to the editor was Bill Webb, executive director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute.    "Kudos to… (Show more)
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Click to view contentStephan Cox (left) and Richard Smith with the Maryland State Firemen's Association received the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Award from Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.   One lucky fire sprinkler advocate will receive $1,000.   NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition… (Show more)
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Click to view contentDo you own a home with home fire sprinklers? Were the sprinklers retrofitted? You may be able to earn a $25 Amazon gift card. The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy is inviting homeowners who have retrofitted their home with home fire sprinklers to complete a survey about their experiences with home fire sprinklers. Eligible… (Show more)
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Click to view contentA recent news broadcast eloquently described the hidden fire dangers of the modern home. The broadcast's effectiveness was due in part to Fire Marshal Ed Ruckriegel, who described the research behind these dangers in layman's terms.     "The contents in our homes and, to some degree how building are built, is what makes our homes less safe," he… (Show more)
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Click to view contentEver since the requirement to fire sprinkler new homes made it into all U.S. model building codes, Sheridan, Wyoming, officials have decided not to adopt it. Citing fire safety issues, the city now seems to be seriously considering this requirement as it goes through its next building code update.    The Sheridan Press states that "safety… (Show more)
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Proven methods to either slow or stop fire spread in homes (e.g., fire sprinklers) should be considered. Here's another tactic the team at UL is promoting: keep your bedroom door closed while sleeping.    UL assembled a group of eight strangers and asked them about fire safety. Many of them didn't believe keeping a door open or closed had any… (Show more)
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Click to view contentIn a recent commentary, the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board addressed the home fire sprinkler debate. They foresee the day when "sprinkler systems in new homes are as common as smoke alarms," and adds that "politics" is only delaying the inevitable.     "The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative is gaining momentum,… (Show more)
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Click to view contentDuring Fire Prevention Week, the team at the National Fire Sprinkler Association showcased the power of home fire sprinklers during a segment on "Fox & Friends." This wasn't your average burn from a fire sprinkler trailer, though; NFSA created a new portion of their trailer to showcase how a closed door impacts fire spread.    According to NFPA,… (Show more)
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