NFPA to host home fire sprinkler demonstration in Chicago

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 4, 2009

Burnblog If you'll be joining us in Chicago for NFPA's Conference & Expo, here's your chance to see a home fire sprinkler system in action.

On Wednesday, June 10, at 12:30 pm, a side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration with two furnished 8 x 8 foot rooms (one will be protected with a home fire sprinkler) will be held outside the East building (Lakeside) at McCormick Place. The demonstration will show the tremendous speed of a typical home fire and its potential for deadly destruction in one room and how quickly a home fire sprinkler system controls a fire and can save lives and reduce property damage in the other room.

Hosted by NFPA, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and ROC Exhibitions, the demonstration will be conducted by Thomas Lia, of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.

On May 26, a similar demonstration was held in Plymouth, MA. Watch a video of that dramatic event.

Because  more than 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home, NFPA believes that residential fire sprinklers are the next generation in home fire safety. Each fire sprinkler is individually activated by heat, only the sprinkler closest to the fire activates. Fire sprinklers control a fire in its early stages and often extinguish the fire before the fire department arrives. Fire sprinklers also protect firefighters from injury and death. All model safety codes now require the installation of sprinklers in new one and two family homes.

Learn more about NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.