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Fred Durso
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel recently weighed in on a state fire sprinkler requirement, stating in an opinion that requiring this technology in apartment units with three to 20 units is unlawful. This requirement, adopted by the state's Department of Safety and Professional Services for new builds after January 2011, has been challenged… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A statewide, fire sprinkler requirement for all new homes in Pennsylvania was set to take place in 2011. Then, sprinkler opponents there helped kill the requirement. (Read this report documenting how homebuilder influence aided the elmination of this requirement.)     Despite the statewide ban for sprinkler requirements, Pennsylvania safety… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Our friends at the Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto sent us the following video featuring a demonstration including one of our favorite inventions: the home fire sprinkler.    Students at Seneca's School of Fire Protection with varied interests in fire protection and safety participated in the demonstration. Fire protection… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
In the newest edition of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read how the popular TV news show addressed the home fire problem in a story that included a burn demonstration inside a home.   You'll also read stories on:   our five-part podcast series that brings our fire statistics to life FEMA now sprinklering its emergency housing… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Here's an alarming statistic pulled from NFPA's "Characteristics of Home Fire Victims" report: only 13 percent of the U.S. population is 65 or older, but 30 percent of fatal home fire victims were at least 65 years of age.   And here's another one: from 1980-2011, the percentage of home fire victims over 65 years increased from 19 percent to 31… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
In the latest edition of Sprinkler Age, the magazine for the American Fire Sprinkler Association, we wrote an article highlighting five steps that can better your advocacy for home fire sprinklers. If you're new to the advocacy world or want a more defined approach, take note of these five steps highlighted in the article:   1. Understand the… (Show more)
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RYAN QUINN
The Modesto Bee reports that home building permits were up nearly 55% in the Sacramento area of California this year compared to the same period last year. The article explains that the Sacramento results mirror a statewide increase in building permits for single family homes; proving that fire sprinkler requirements do not thwart home building.… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Injured in a home fire when he was only two years old, Phil Tammaro first shared his story of his home fire injuries with NFPA back in 2015. His story recently grabbed the attention of the media, as Tammaro, now a Massachusetts firefighter, was interviewed by an NBC affiliate in Boston about the fire.   Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir was also featured in… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Following the approximately 70 deaths and 70 injured from June's Grenfell Tower fire, a British architect group is demanding that fire sprinklers become a component of all new housing.    According to an article appearing in The Times, a British publication, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) is calling for more stringent building… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Fighting back tears, Bobby O'Neal, Sr., described the day he received the call that the home his 32-year-old son was living in was in flames. His son eventually died from the incident.    “I feel like if [home fire sprinklers were] mandatory, it would save a lot of lives,” O’Neal told a CBS station in Texas. “It would have been a big aid that day… (Show more)
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