Rep. Ruth Balser: Advocating for fire sprinklers in Massachusetts

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Apr 23, 2013


Ruth Ballser

Ruth B. Balser is the State Representative for the 12th Middlesex District, Massachusetts, was a featured speaker at the recent Bringing Safety Home Fire Sprinkler Summit. She shared her experience as a legislator advocating for fire sprinklers in Massachussetts

A multiple fatality office fire in Newton, MA - where five people lost their lives in the middle of the day - motivated Rep. Balser to begin advocacy efforts. After a nine-year battle to require sprinklers in commercial properties, she advocates for the expansion of fire sprinkler requirements, including the efforts to extend requirements in the home.


Representative Balser says a strong coalition and local media involvement is key to advocacy efforts.