County fair attendees witness life-saving potential of sprinklers

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jul 20, 2011

Side-by-side sprinkler demonstration A recent chttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0153900a80df970b-piounty fair in Newport (OR) was a great place to stage another side-by-side demonstration,http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0153900a80df970b-pihttp://www.newportnewstimes.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=29072&page=72where NFPA northwest regional director Crosby Grindle joined Captain Jim Kusz from the Lincoln City and Depoe Bay fire districts to present the public with dramatic proof that residential sprinklers save lives and property. The burn drew the largest crowd at the fair and was the foundation for a video to later use in educational materials by local fire departments. 

Using two mock "rooms", one outfitted with sprinklers, and the other without, onlookers witnessed first-hand the life-saving effects that sprinklers can have when a fire strikes. As the inferno grew in the unsprinklered room, volunteer firefighters stood by to extinguish flames; flames that in a following example were contained and extinguished by a sprinkler system. Demonstrations such as these are powerful evidence that sprinkler systems can save lives and property. 

Order a side-by-side sprinkler kit to stage a sprinkler burn demonstration in your community, and use our advocacy resources to help spread the word on the value of a sprinkler mandate.

- Karen Wallingford