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Keeping_Your_Community_Safe_With_SprinklersOne of the goals of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative is to give advocates the tools they need to convince local governments to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Detailed recommendations for effective advocacy are found on this section of the FSI website.

What follows is an overview of the recommendations:

  • Be informed – make sure you are aware of the current environment surrounding the issue
  • Build a coalition – reach out to other fire sprinkler advocates in your community to build a strong grassroots effort
  • Show support for your cause - begin showing local elected officials the breadth of support for home fire sprinklers through as many avenues as possible.
  • Public outreach - NFPA has developed one comprehensive kit that will enable you to reach the public, and raise awareness of this life saving technology. Op-eds are also a  powerful way to get your message across, especially when written effectively. Read more tips for using op-eds to make your case for home fire sprinklers.
  • Reach decision makers – the most important part will be convincing local elected officials that this is a life and death issue. See NFPA's list of sprinkler fact sheets for more information.

Read more tips for communicating with legislators to make your case for home fire sprinklers.

See more free NFPA resources to help you educate your community about home fire sprinklers

Visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website to obtain free educational tools aimed at local officials.

Maria Figueroa

    
 

Colchester 
Photo: Matt Ryan, Burlington Free Press

According to a report on BurlingtonFreePress.com, the chief of the Colchester Center (VT) Fire Company is re-issuing his call for local lawmakers to require automatic sprinkler systems in new homes. This comes after crews spent nearly six hour battling a blaze that eventually destroyed a local home.

The fire started in a shop room, but officials have yet to determine the cause, Chief Mike Chmielewski told the newspaper. “If they had residential sprinklers, the house would probably be standing today,” he said.

The report says that last October, local lawmakers shelved the fire chiefs’ proposal because opponents questioned the relative benefits of sprinklers and said the sprinkler mandate would have boosted the cost of new housing. According to a report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the cost of installing sprinkler systems to the home builder averages $1.61 per sprinklered square foot.

Read the full news report on BurlingtonFreePress.com.

- Mike Hazell

Princella Lee Bridges of Greenville, SC, was severly burned in a home fire in 1992, received burns on 49 percent of her body. During a recent presentation at NFPA headquaters, Princella talked about how her personal experience with home fire prompted her to become an advocate for fire safety education and home fire sprinklers.

Princella is featured as one of NFPA's "Faces of Fire", a campaign designed to showcase real people telling personal stories to demonstrate the need for sprinklers. Learn more about the "Faces of Fire" campaign and NFPA's efforts to promote the installation of sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes.

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