Massachusetts fire officials, NFPA take aim at state board decision on sprinklers

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Nov 3, 2011

NFPA President Jim Shannon
NFPA President James M. Shannon and representatives of every major fire service organization in the state came together on November 3, 2011, to protest the new building code in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which omits the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction.

Saying that the state building regulations board is playing with fire, NFPA President Jim Shannon and every major fire service organization in Massachusetts joined forces at a rallly on November 3 to protest the state’s new building code. The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) recently removed the provision for fire sprinklers in new homes from the state’s building code.

"The BBRS should reverse their action," said Mr. Shannon. "They should not allow substandard homes to be built in Massachusetts."

During the rally, a dramatic side-by-side demonstration confirmed the value of home fire sprinklers.

Burn demonstration

A fire totally destroys an unsprinklered room during a live, side-by-side demonstration at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA. In the room outfitted with a single sprinkler head, the sprinkler activated after 20 seconds and quickly brought down the flames.

NFPA's Gary Keith talks to Boston TV reporter

NFPA's Gary Keith talks to a Boston television reporter following the dramatic side-by-side home fire sprinkler demonstration.

- Mike Hazell