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The Mexican Fire Sprinkler Association (AMRACI), the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA) and National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), are making history by what is being billed as “the first ever North American Fire Sprinkler Expo.” NFSA said the expo—still in the very early planning phase—will be held in conjunction with its annual seminar from April 4-6, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

In a statement, NFSA’s president, Russ Fleming, expressed his delight that AMRACI and CASA have agreed to partner with NFSA to host the expo. He says that “by bringing together fire sprinkler industry interests from all over the continent for the NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo, for the very first time in the history of the industry we will have created a unique opportunity for contractors, suppliers and manufacturers from all over the continent to meet in one place to network, conduct business, discuss issues of common interest and to learn from the industry’s foremost authorities.”

For more on the event, go to NFSA’s website.

Maria Figueroa

Saginaw fireCarelessly discarded smoking materials started a fire at the Lakeside Village Apartment building, where mostly older adults and persons with disabilities reside. Thanks to the fire sprinkler system, there were no injuries and minimal property damage.

The fire started in a recliner after the resident dropped a cigarette that was not completely extinguished. The fire sprinkler activated within 30 seconds, according to Saginaw Township Fire Department Inspector Kevin O’Brien. O’Brien indicated that the damage from the fire was a small burned spot on the chair.

The fire sprinkler system was installed after a fire in 2005 caused devastating consequences. Many residents had to be rescued and several were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation. The building suffered significant property damage then.

This is just one more example of the life safety benefits and property protection that residential fire sprinklers provide. With wet-pipe sprinklers the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home structure fires was lower by 83% and the rate of property damage per reported home structure fire was lower by 69%. Numerous research and reports document these and other benefits.

With the exception of the occupants of three apartments that were affected by water requiring minor “mop up” operations, all other residents were immediately able to occupy their homes after the fire.

Maria Figueroa

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