A recent online edition of New Jersey’s WoodbrigdePatch.com contains a letter to the editor regarding the dangers of lightweight construction when exposed to fire and the importance of fire sprinklers to offset these dangers in order to protect occupants and firefighters.
Written by Russell Fleming, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the letter underscores the need to adopt model codes that contain fire sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family dwellings.
Mr. Fleming also exposes the problem of new home furnishings adding to the danger, saying; “materials used in today’s home furnishings are also contributing to the accelerated pace of home fires.” He tells us that “newer plastic fillings in sofas, chairs, and mattresses burn much faster than older fillings like cotton, reducing the time it takes for a room to heat to 1,100 degrees and reach flashover -- the temperature point at which the heat in an area is high enough to ignite all flammable materials simultaneously.” No one survives flashover, which can occur within 3-5 minutes in modern homes.
Letters to the editor are important tools to convey the need for fire sprinklers in the home. Are you a home fire sprinkler advocate interested in writing your own letter to the editor of your local newspaper? NFPA has designed newspaper ads and Letter to the Editor templates and compiled them into one comprehensive kit that will enable you to reach the public, and raise awareness of this life saving technology.