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NFPA President Jim Shannon debates home fire sprinklers in the U.K.

Blog Post created by RYAN QUINN Employee on Jun 24, 2013
Jim Shannon
"As most deaths occur in the home, why would we not want to take proven technology and apply that?"
On the international news front, NFPA President Jim Shannon recently participated in a home fire sprinkler debate, held in London, England, by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters. The battle for the installation of fire sprinklers in all new homes is also raging across the pond.

A motion presented to delegates read: “This house supports the case for the installation of sprinklers in all new homes.” Mr. Shannon spoke for the motion; speaking against was Jonathon O'Neill, Managing Director of the U.K.'s Fire Protection Association.

Excerpts from the debate were published by the U.K. Fire Protection Association's publication Fire Magazine; some of which follow:

"The case for sprinklers in all new homes is so compelling it is beyond dispute for reasonable people," said Mr Shannon. "This last generation has seen great progress in fire prevention. In 1978, 9,000 people died in fires," he reported. "We have worked assiduously to reduce that to 2,500-3,000 people a year. But is that good enough? Should we continue doing what we've done or should we create new strategies? As most deaths occur in the home, why would we not want to take proven technology and apply that?"

Mr. Shannon sought to dispel home fire sprinkler myths and concluded with the rallying cry: "The time for us to do the right thing is now!"

Download the Fire Magazine article

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