The non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and State Farm Insurance have teamed up to provide fire sprinkler protection in new homes that will be occupied by low income families and people with disabilities. According to HFSC’s Peg Paul, “the program’s intent is to provide protection to those at highest risk of fire death, and to provide education to major stakeholders on the importance of home fire sprinklers.”
An online article informs that on Wednesday, August 17th from noon-5:00pm, HFSC and local fire service organizations will be hosting an open house for the first home built by the program in Frankfort, IL. Using money from the grant and with donations from numerous local organizations disabled homeowner Dan Turner, will be protected by a fire sprinkler system. An educational demonstration will also be included.
Fire sprinkler systems represent critical protection in homes occupied by people at high risk of fire death; older adults, young children, and people with disabilities. These high risk groups may not be able to exit on their own, even with working smoke alarms. They may need the additional escape time provided by home fire sprinkler systems; or to be rescued by the arriving fire force, if incapable of self rescue. Low income is also a factor in fire death risk.
Fire departments that participate in HFSC’s “Built for Life” program are able to apply to bring this project to their community. Contact HFSC at 815-464-8001.