Eileen Byrne, a burn nurse, offered a unique perspective on the effect that residential sprinklers can have on burn injuries and deaths at NFPA's "Bringing Safety Home" fire sprinkler summit in Chicago "You don't want to be where I work," she told summit attendees.
Ms Byrne, a registered nurse for more than 16 years, has spent the past five years as Burn Community Educator for the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, and is a member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
Ms Byrne says; “From the medical perspective, we don’t understand why this (requirements for sprinkler installations in all new homes) hasn’t been taken care of already. We didn’t realize how difficult this effort was. In fact, a lot of us assumed there were already sprinklers in homes.”
Ms. Byrne said that she knows accidents will happen. “But when we see patients whose burns were preventable, we must never rest until something is done.”