On August 4, NFPA President Jim Shannon sent a letter to Lou Biacchi of the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA), asking him to clarify or omit misinformation on the PBA website about the effectiveness of smoke alarms.
"As currently portrayed, the numbers you are using on the site to make an argument against requiring the use of home fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes are misleading," wrote Mr. Shannon. "Fire sprinkler opponents have been using a statistic of 99.45 percent to illustrate the effectiveness of smoke alarms in reducing home fire deaths. This NFPA statistic estimates the likelihood of surviving a home fire when a working smoke alarm is present. Taken completely out of context, a number like 99.45% sounds very high."
- Read more about how this statistic is being used out of context.
- Editorial: "The Pennsylvania Builders Association is putting its profits ahead of the safety of residents and fire service professionals in Pennsylvania." (The Tribune-Democrat)