According to the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) Illinois fire departments have been busy the last couple of months hosting open houses and community events to make the public more aware about fire safety, and more specifically, home fire sprinklers, culminating with national Fire Prevention Week (FPW) from October 9-15. However, according to Tom Lia, executive director for NIFSAB, those who missed the FPW residential fire sprinkler demonstrations, are likely able to see these demonstrations year-round.
Tom Lia explains that the Illinois fire service is committed to home fire sprinkler education throughout the year, not just FPW. Illinois fire departments are likely to reach tens of thousands through their continual educational outreach. So far, nearly 50 demonstrations have been held this year alone.
Side-by-side demonstrations offer the opportunity for the general public to understand the power of fire and the benefits of fire sprinklers in saving lives, reducing injuries, and preserving property. The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) provides a free kit; a complete guide with specific instruction on how to build the props, including safety features to be followed during the presentation.
The HFSC website also provides the opportunity to sign up to become a Built-for-Life fire department. Doing so does not cost anything and provides opportunities to receive stipends to carry out these demonstration in your community.