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NFPA's Chris Dubay explains the ban on residential use of antifreeze solutions in sprinkler systems

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Nov 4, 2010

NFPA's Chris Dubay In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, Chris Dubay, NFPA's Vice President of Codes and Standards and Chief Engineer, talks about the process that led to the Association prohibiting the residential use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems.

"When reviewing the issues surrounding antifreeze solutions and automatic fire sprinkler systems, two points should be made immediately," said Chris. "First, 80 percent of fire fatalities occur in the home, and when home fire sprinklers are present, the risk of dying in a home fire decreases by 80 percent. NFPA strongly supports and urges the expanded use of residential fire sprinkler systems as the most effective way to prevent fire injuries and deaths in the home and other residential occupancies. Second, where existing fire sprinkler systems utilize antifreeze solutions, in no case should these systems be disconnected."

Read the entire article and listen to audio clips from Journals' interview with Chris.

- Mike Hazell

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