A fire this past weekend in a six year old Glen Ellyn, IL home proved the success of the community's home fire sprinkler ordinance passed for all new homes ten years ago. According to the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler
Advisory Board (NIFSAB), the
event marked the first home fire sprinkler activation within Glen Ellyn, since the provision was enacted in March 2002 to protect
residents, their homes and the Village’s volunteer firefighters. At the
time, Glen Ellyn was only the eleventh community in Illinois to adopt
such an ordinance, providing a model for many other communities to
follow. The Village currently stands as one of 79
jurisdictions in Illinois that require residential fire sprinklers.
By contrast, media covered a June fire that gutted a single family in the same community. According to a news report,  firefighters worked for three hours to extinguish the flames and the home had extensive damage. There were no fire sprinklers in the home.
We recently highlighted the City of Blue Island, IL when it became the 79th community in Illinois to require home fire sprinklers. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative provides a number of key resources for use by advocates to push for the increased use of home fire sprinklers.