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In 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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freddurso
During 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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freddurso
Adults 65 or older comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 30 percent of all home fire victims fell into this age group, according to NFPA. Trends examined by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that by 2030 all baby boomers will be older than 65. This age group is expected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.    … (Show more)
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Fire safety organizations have teamed up to produce a new video succinctly outlining the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers.    NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition-Canada, the Co-operators (a Canadian insurance cooperative), and the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association unveiled the video during Fire… (Show more)
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freddurso
Geneva, Illinois, aldermen recently voted against a requirement to fire sprinkler all of the city's new homes. Their 8-1 decision seemed to be based on concerns argued extensively by the homebuilding industry.     “We’re trying to keep our housing affordable,” said Alderman James Radecki in a story appearing in the Kane County Chronicle. “It’s… (Show more)
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freddurso
The following commentary appeared in the September/October 2018 "member takeover" issue of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Magazine. Many thanks to NFSA for allowing us to repurpose these thoughts to the fire sprinkler industry from retired Fire Chief Dan Jones, a longtime, fire sprinkler advocate:    As a career fire chief, I have… (Show more)
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freddurso
While we have seen some unfortunate setbacks for home fire sprinklers this year, there have been some major successes on the local level. About a half-dozen towns this year have passed requirements for home fire sprinklers. See who made the list by reading the latest edition of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. You'll also find stories… (Show more)
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freddurso
The Warrensburg, Missouri, City Council recently voted against requirements to sprinkler certain establishments, opting instead for alternatives that were deemed "as safe as sprinklers."    The council's decision would exempt certain, existing food-and-drink establishments with an occupancy load of 300 or more from installing fire… (Show more)
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Earlier this month, firefighters were responding to a home fire in La Grange, Georgia, when a "flashover situation" occurred and injured six of them, according to news reports. Four of them experienced second- and third-degree burns while the others were treated for smoke inhalation.    "We had one crew inside fighting fire, one crew in there… (Show more)
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freddurso
It's coming.    Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 7-13, is the time to bring your local and our national home fire problem into focus. It's the time to explain to the public that "fire can happen anywhere," as the new FPW slogan states. They should know that despite their technological advances, newer homes aren't immune to fire's wrath; NFPA… (Show more)
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