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Fred Durso
Residential fire sprinklers have been spotlighted twice in a week's span, thanks to two news outlets promoting two activations on opposite sides of the U.S.    The first occurred on September 19 in Abingdon, Maryland. According to a news report by The Baltimore Sun, a grandmother who shared the home with three other family members was home alone… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Tip of the hat to Paul Eichler, chair of the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition, for setting the record straight on home fire sprinklers. Following a letter to the editor in which Eichler promoted the importance of fire sprinkler requirements, a reader responded with less-than-flattering statements about requiring this technology.    The reader… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
  Every day seven people die from American home fires, and another 13,000 are injured each year. These statistics, while important, are only a small piece of America's complex home fire problem.   There are ripple effects to fire that the statistics don’t explain and the nightly news rarely covers. Once a home’s flames have been extinguished and… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Stephan Cox (left) and Richard Smith with the Maryland State Firemen's Association accept the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Award from Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.   Do you know someone with a passion for home fire safety? Are they huge proponents for home fire… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Introducing a new forum aimed at connecting you with other fire sprinkler advocates across North America. You may already be aware of this site, NFPA Xchange, our online community that houses this blog and an assortment of information for safety advocates. New to Xchange is our public education forum, a place where you can now connect with your… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
If you've come to love the free resources produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), here's some good news: the nonprofit recently secured a grant aimed at making a bigger dent in North America's home fire problem.    HFSC received a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant via the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant, totaled at… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Solving the Home Fire Problem: Five Steps to Better Advocate for Home Fire Sprinklers Thursday, September 21, 12:30-1:30 pm ET Every year, the majority of North America's fire deaths happen at home. The solution to this problem - the home fire sprinkler - exists. However, many states face intense opposition for fire sprinklers, despite this… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
In case you missed it, Alabama's governor recently signed into law a bill allowing plumbers to install home fire sprinklers. Granting this group access in Alabama and elsewhere has initiated discussions on who should be permitted to perform these installations.    Addressing this issue in the latest edition of NFPA Journal is Matt Klaus, NFPA… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
We've always said that fire service members can be some of the best voices in support of home fire sprinklers. Here's proof.    The Chilliwack Fire Department in British Columbia publicly praised a fire sprinkler activation. A fire that initiated on a stovetop was quickly extinguished by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. "Early control… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Damages following Hurricane Harvey could reach $180 billion, per a recent article by Reuters. Before rebuilding begins, people are weighing in on how it should be done. The conversation is part of a larger, national debate on the necessity of building codes amid fire and environmental hazards.    Texas, specifically, has "one of the most relaxed… (Show more)
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