NFPA joined the Texas State Fire Marshals Office, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Austin Fire Department, and many other fire safety organizations in an event that took place on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 in Austin, TX.
The event included a live burn side-by-side demonstration that took place in the parking lot across from the front entrance to the museum at 1:00 p.m. More than 200 people attended the demonstration, and a free admission fire-safety exhibit on the museum’s third floor; from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. NFPA was present to support the event and to distribute important fire safety information to all participants.
State fire marshal Paul Maldonado made it a point to inform all present that the governor's mansion, which was felled by an arson fire last year, will be built with fire sprinklers. He explained the importance of having fire sprinklers in all new homes, in addition to smoke alarms and a fire escape plan.
It was a great event that made an impact on all present and provided needed awareness to families with children. This kind of activity is important to obtain community support for home fire sprinkler requirements. Families with children are powerful advocates and we need to reach them wherever they may be. If you're interested in hosting a side-by-side burn in your community, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition offers a detailed guide on how to conduct a successful event.