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Adding fire sprinklers in all newly built Franklin (TN) homes has the early backing of Mayor John Schroer, according to an article on the Though he had initially been against a residential fire sprinkler proposal, the mayor now says he’s “leaning very strongly” toward backing a city law requiring sprinklers in new homes.

The article says that in discussions with Franklin City Fire Marshal Andy King, the mayor learned that fire sprinklers inside homes provide more safety and cut down on the costs to the city and developers. Fire Marshal King, a longtime sprinkler advocate, recently made a presentation to city aldermen and planning commissioners.

Discussions with aldermen and city planning commissioners are planned for later this summer. If Franklin aldermen do eventually require home fire sprinklers, the city would be just the second Williamson County municipality to do so after the town of Nolensville.

- Mike Hazell

After the South Carolina Building Code Council voted to adopt the home fire sprinkler requirement was filed to put the adoption at risk. The fire service fought an extremely contentious battle to retain the requirement in the code. The legislation opted to postpone the issue until January 1, 2014.

An article published yesterday by the Post and Courier provides a thourough review of what transpired and the next steps for the fire service between now and January 2014. Click here to read the article.

Maria Figueroa 


June issue of Fire Sprinkler Inititiative newsletter The June issue of Fire Sprinkler Initiative Update, our monthly e-newsletter, has hit the streets. (Read the issue or subscribe today - it's easy and free!)

In this issue, we feature a new video from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) that was created to ensure that homebuilders have accurate and up-to-date information about the life-saving capabilities of residential sprinklers. We also talk about a new HFSC project that's providing up to 100 fire departments across the United States with a stipend to help teach the public about home fire sprinklers.

- Mike Hazell

At this morning's press conference at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Ron Hazelton, spokesperson for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and a nationally-recognized home improvement expert, talked about his personal experience with home fire sprinklers.

"I’m a true believer," he said. "I have sprinkers in my home and they're at work right now, while I’m standing here, thousands of miles away. I’ve been up close and personal with home fires, and I've seen the searing heat and choking smoke. And dozens of times, I've witnessed firsthand how a single sprinkler, activiated with a fire is small, can contain or extinguish a blaze until the fire department arrives."

"Here's the story," continued Mr. Hazelton. "The technolgoy exists today to prevent death from fires in homes. We can, and should, have zero tolerance for death by fire in newly constructed homes."

Mr. Hazelton went on to discuss some of the common myths and misconceptions about home fire sprinklers:

Myth: If there’s a fire, all sprinklers will go off, flooding the home
Fact: In 90% of activations, only one sprinkler, the one nearest the fire, operates. And it puts out only about 1/10 the water that firefighters’ hoses deliver when the fire is more advanced.

Myth: Smoke from burnt toast or a cigar can set off sprinklers
Fact: Only the heat from a fire, usually around 150 to 160 degrees, can activate a sprinkler

Myth: Home fire sprinkler systems are apt to discharge accidentally
Fact: Your home's plumbing system is more likely to malfunction than a sprinkler system

Myth: Sprinkler systems are expensive
Fact: According to a recent national cost assessment research project (PDF, 634 KB), residential fire sprinklers average $1.61 per sprinklered square foot to install in new construction

See more "myths and facts" about home fire sprinklers.

"When you sort out the facts from the myths and misconceptions, the story is compelling: home fire sprinklers save lives, reduce property damage, add value to a home, and are reliable and affordable," said Mr. Hazelton.

- Mike Hazell

In this new podcast , Ed Comeau and Mike Love look at operational and global perspectives of the impact of fires on the environment.

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