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lorrainecarli
Click to view contentThe small community of Spryfield within Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada was overcome by sorrow last month when a usual day turned tragic as seven children died in a fatal home fire in what news reports described as a relatively new home. In its aftermath, fire officials and local media pointed to the value of home fire sprinklers and called for… (Show more)
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lorrainecarli
In a recent TV interview, retired Fire Officer and FEMA Executive Fire Officer, Dr. Burton Clark shared insights about the state of fire safety today. A TV host with NewsChannel5 in Nashville, Tennessee opened up the discussion by pointing out a quote in Clark’s book, I Can’t Save You But I’ll Die Trying where he says, “Society needs to change how… (Show more)
lorrainecarli
Click to view contentThe National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) announced the passing of its former President, John Viniello on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. John served the Association as President from 1984-2012, and was involved in the fire sprinkler industry since 1973. John was NFSA’s president when the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) was founded in 1997.… (Show more)
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lorrainecarli
Click to view contentOne of the arguments being used by Worcester County Commissioners in Maryland to try and opt out of the statewide requirement for home fire sprinklers in new homes is that sprinklers thwart building, a notion that has been proven erroneous in other areas. According to an article in The Dispatch, county commissioners voted to draft a document… (Show more)
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lorrainecarli
Click to view contentAs Burn Awareness Week, sponsored by American Burn Association (ABA) and heavily promoted by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, winds down it is a great opportunity to talk about home fire sprinklers and their role in reducing burns. According to a recent NFPA report, in 2017 there were 10,600 civilian burn injuries; the major cause of which… (Show more)
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lorrainecarli
By a unanimous vote the New Jersey Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee moved to the full Assembly this month the New Fire Safety Act (bill A3974) which would require home fire sprinklers be installed in new single and two-family homes during their construction.  According to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, there were… (Show more)
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freddurso
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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freddurso
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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lorrainecarli
Click to view contentTom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), laid down a new year’s challenge he calls “Ban the Ban” to others concerned about reducing home fire loss. In a recent articlein the organization’s newsletter he pointed out that while a number of jurisdictions had success in passing sprinkler… (Show more)
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freddurso
Click to view contentNFPA has received word from the Fire Protection Association (FPA) Australia that fire sprinklers will be required in new apartment buildings over three stories in height. The association calls the new requirement "the most significant shift in fire safety policy since the introduction of mandatory smoke alarms in homes and shared accommodation… (Show more)
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