A story out of Hartlepool, England reminds us that the home fire death problem and the life safety communities’ passion for solving it have no borders. As reported in the Hartlepool Mail, the woman, Cindy Collins has become an advocate for fire sprinklers after nearly dying in a fire in her home, adding; “fire victim said goodbye and prepared to die.”
As reported, she was to follow her son out the window but was overcome by smoke and could not escape. Instead, she simply “laid down and prepared to die.”
In 2007, England had the 16th highest death rate of 24 industrialized nations studied. The U.S. had a much higher fire death rate. Not unlike North America (U.S. and Canada), there is a movement in the UK, specially England and New Zealand to solve the home fire death problem by requiring fire sprinklers in all new home construction.
Stories like these remind all of us who we are fighting for. Whether it is here or thousands of miles away, the story repeats itself. Read more…