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FiresprinklerfirefighterFosters.com reports that a single residential fire sprinkler put out a fire caused by unattended cooking in Rochester, NH, avoiding a potential three-story building fire.

The article says firefighters were called to the scene just before 4 p.m. for the report of a kitchen fire. According to officials, the fire was out before they arrived due to the activation of the residential fire sprinkler in the unit.

“The sprinkler system did its job, not only saving the building, but also the residents,” said Deputy Fire Chief Peter Cutrer.

The sprinkler caused minimal water damage to the building, displacing residents of two apartments.  All other residents were able to reoccupy their units 45 minutes after the call. No one was injured during the event.

It’s a little safer for Westchester, IL, residents if there’s a fire. Last month, the village voted to amend and update its building code, which included a requirement for fire sprinkler systems in new construction single-family homes. According to a report on lagrange.suntimes.com, Westchester is now one of 91 Illinois communities with home fire sprinkler requirements.

Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, says sprinklers not only makes sense in terms of life safety, but also financially for residents and communities. Due to the protection they provide, home fire sprinklers reduce insurance rates for homeowners. Communities that do not update to the latest codes that include home fire sprinklers may also lose grading points from the Insurance Services Office and pay more for insurance.

Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative website for more information and resources to help communicate the impact of home fire sprinklers.

The issue of cost has long deterred many homeowners from considering a residential fire sprinkler system to protect their new homes. An article on Explorernews.com, a weekly newspaper serving Tucson, AZ, reminds its readers of a study that shows the price of residential fire sprinkler systems has actually dropped significantly in recent years.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation report compared current home fire sprinkler system costs against its 2008 study to gain a better understanding of how increasingly widespread adoption of sprinkler ordinances impacts system cost. In the new report, the average cost for sprinklers in new homes is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot. In the 2008 report, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.61.

Tucson, incedentally, is home to the newest VISION House®, the latest in Green Builder® Media's series of sustainable homes being built around the country. Among the home's many features: home fire sprinklers, which have been proven to reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment if a fire does occur.

Christmas tree fireLast week, two separate Christmas tree fires were reported by Northshore News in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and South Carolina's The State, with vastly different outcomes. The home's fire sprinklers controlled the first fire and no one was hurt; the other fire was caused the death of two precious children.

The City of North Vancouver Fire Department responded to a townhouse fire to find the home's fire sprinkler system had extinguished it. “Luckily the townhouse unit has a sprinkler system in the building,” said fire chief Dan Pistilli.

The tree ignited when the homeowner lit a sparkler for their young child and got too close to the tree, said Pistilli. He also said the situation could have been much worse. “If the unit did not have a sprinkler system it would have been a different result.”

He is right. In Lexington County, South Carolina, holiday joy turns to tragedy, as a family tries to cope with the death of two small children after an electrical malfunction ignited a Christmas tree. This home was not proteced by fire sprinklers. Investigators said it’s likely that fire sprinklers would have put the fire out and saved the children’s lives.

NFPA statistics reveal that on average one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

Christmas trees burn fast and hot. Families may have less than 30 seconds to escape alive, as seen in the following video demonstration from the National Institute of Science and Technology:

 

Fire sprinklers will act quickly and effectively to control the fire, providing additional escape time and allowing families to survive.

Read NFPA’s Christmas tree safety tips and home fire sprinklers information.

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Green Builder Media President Ron Jones addresses the crowd in front of VISION House Tucson.



 

What do home fire sprinklers have in common with floor tiles made from recycled toilets, countertops crafted from glass bottles and sea shells, a low flow showerhead that plays music from your bluetooth device and solar panels on the roof? They were all featured this week at the grand opening of the VISION House® Tucson, the latest in Green Builder ® Media's series of high performing, sustainable homes being built around the country.


 

While the fire safety benefits of sprinklers have long been recognized, the green aspects are now becoming  more widely recognized. According to a groundbreaking study conducted by FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition , greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98% when automatic fire sprinklers are installed. The study also found that automatic fire sprinklers: reduce fire damage by up to 97%; reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90%; and reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment.


greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98% when automatic fire sprinklers are installed. The study, a collaborative effort of FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, also found that automatic fire sprinklers: reduce fire damage by up to 97%; reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90%; and reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment. - See more at: http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/research-reports/environmental-impact-of-fire-sprinklers.aspx#sthash.RBf3kkuQ.dpuf


how that greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98% when automatic fire sprinklers are installed. The study, a collaborative effort of FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, also found that automatic fire sprinklers: reduce fire damage by up to 97%; reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90%; and reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment. - See more at: http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/research-reports/environmental-impact-of-fire-sprinklers.aspx#sthash.RBf3kkuQ.dpuf


how that greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98% when automatic fire sprinklers are installed. The study, a collaborative effort of FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, also found that automatic fire sprinklers: reduce fire damage by up to 97%; reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90%; and reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment. - See more at: http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/research-reports/environmental-impact-of-fire-sprinklers.aspx#sthash.RBf3kkuQ.dpuf


NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have been working with Green Builder Media to showcase home fire sprnklers as an integral part of sustainable homes. Our first project Green Builder Media’s VISION House® exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which opened on Earth Day 2012. VISION House Tucson will remain open for 90 days. If you visit either house, check out the home fire sprinklers!


 


Green Builder® Media’s VISION House® exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which opened on Earth Day 2012 - See more at: http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/research-reports/environmental-impact-of-fire-sprinklers.aspx#sthash.RBf3kkuQ.dp


 


Green Builder Media President Ron Jones talks about the project and the importance of home fire sprinklers.

 

When custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton chose to build his family’s new 3,800+ square-foot custom home in Western Springs, Illinois, it was a “no-brainer” for him to install a fire sprinkler system as reported by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). He wanted to be sure that his wife Jennifer, and their 19-month-old son William, are protected when he's not home.

McNaughton family

According to the article, McNaughton gained experience with residential fire sprinklers by building custom homes in neighboring Clarendon Hills, a community that has required fire sprinklers in all new home construction since August 2000. While some homebuilders believe that fire sprinklers amount to extra costs, McNaughton instead believes they are a unique selling advantage for homebuilders and offers them as an option to his custom home clients — even in communities where they are not required by code or ordinance.

“Consumers need to be educated about home fire sprinklers, but so do homebuilders and those that sell homes to the consumer. It’s important that the consumer is getting the actual facts and completely accurate information, especially in regard to costs,” says McNaughton.

According to Western Springs Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mayor, the home will be a model of fire safety within the community.

“The construction of the home is on schedule, and we’re looking forward to starting the New Year in our new fire-safe home,” stated McNaughton at an October open house, which showcased the home’s installed fire sprinkler system.

 “Thanks to the fire sprinkler system, the house will be protected from fire for generations to come,” said Tom Lia, Executive Director for NIFSAB.

 

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Salina.com reports that a[ Salina Habitat for Humanity  | http://salinahabitat.org/index.html]house will be equipped with fire sprinklers. It will be the first Habitat house in the state to feature a sprinkler system. The public has been invited to an open house.


 

According to the report Salina Fire Departmentfire marshal Roger Williams said he made a presentation to the Habitat board in 2011 about how residential fire sprinklers work. The board and fire department worked toward installing a sprinkler system in Salina's 35th Habitat house, which is under construction.
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Bamford Fire Sprinkler partnered with Habitat to provide the materials and installation of the sprinkler system.


Williams said recent state legislation prevents communities from requiring that sprinkler systems be installed in new residential construction. However, he said sprinklers are a life-saving tool that he hopes more homeowners consider.


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Students from the Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School in Ferndale, Michigan got a first-hand lesson in fire prevention when they took part in classroom instruction and a side-by-side, live burn demonstration, provided by the Ferndale Fire Department.

The fire department participates in the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) Built-for-Life fire department program and received a stipend from HFSC to conduct the program.

Eighteen apprentices and staff, led by eight firefighters built the units that were used to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of home fire sprinklers. One unit was equipped with a smoke alarm and a fire sprinkler; the second unit was equipped with a smoke alarm.

 

“The students were amazed at how fast the fire flashed over and consumed the furniture in the (unprotected) room…,” said Brian Batten, Fire Marshal of the Ferndale Fire Department. The sprinkler in the protected room activated within one-and-a-half minutes and extinguished the blaze.

The Ferndale Fire Department plans to conduct another burn for the school in February, when new students join, followed by another two burns which six months.

Fire marshal Batten thanked HFSC for the opportunity. “I believe it will definitely make a difference as we repeat the training and these apprentices go out and build or renovate homes,” he said.

Recently, NFPA invited state fire marshals to participate in a webinar that explored the history of antifreeze in fire sprinkler systems, safety alerts, final disposition by the standards council and the requirements found in the 2013 editions of NFPA 13, NFPA 13D and NFPA13R standards.

Matt Klaus, Senior Fire Protection Engineer at NFPA, answered questions from state fire marshals regarding the TIAs and new requirements mandating the use of listed antifreeze solution for all new NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, or 13D sprinkler systems. He says these documents no longer allow the use of "traditional" antifreeze solutions such as propylene glycol or glycerin.

It is assumed that all fire sprinkler systems installed after September 30, 2012 meet the minimum requirements found in the standards.

Download Antifreeze Webinar Slideshow

Learn more about the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems.

Learn more about the following NFPA documents:
NFPA 13
NFPA 13R
NFPA 13D

 

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“If you really want to keep your home and the people and property in it as safe as possible from fire, consider a residential sprinkler system,” says Ms. Hicks.


 

She cites home fire death statistics from the[ U.S. Fire Administration | http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/], the cost of home fire sprinklersfrom the National Fire Protection Research Foundation’s study and she dispels some of the usual mythsin the article.


 

In 2012, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.


    • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.

    • One civilian fire injury was reported every 32 minutes.

    • One civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.


 

Home structure firescaused 83% of the civilian fire deaths and 78% of the civilian fire injuries.


 

Sprinklers save lives and property from fire. Compared to properties without automatic extinguishing equipment and specifying wet-pipe sprinklers


 The death rate per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 82%.


 Direct property damage per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 68%.


 

Previously, home remodeling guru Bob Vila also weighed in with his own recommendations on residential fire sprinkler systems.


This most recent, well balanced article from such a high-profile person as Angie Hicks is certain to make an impact on consumers and others who read it. Way to go Angie!


 

See NFPA's report, "Fire Loss in the United States During 2012"


 

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Couch on fireSeacoast online has reported that a Thanksgiving eve fire at a Portsmouth, NH home was sparked by a lamp and displaced the residents. According to the report, Deputy Fire Chief Carl Roediger said that sprinklers “saved the house.”  

Firefighters were called to the home at about 9 p.m. when one of the residents said he just returned home and found his couch on fire. The fire had been “pretty much put out” by the residential sprinkler system and firefighters removed the smoldering couch from the home, according to the deputy chief.  “It once again points out the value of residential sprinklers,” he said.

This fire is just another example of the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers. While the residents were away, it worked to keep the fire in check, preventing substantial property loss.

Home fire sprinklers save both lives and property. According to NFPA statistics, direct property damage per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 68%.

On Thanksgiving morning, the burned couch remained in front of the property, while maintenance men inspected the fire scene according to the report.

Roediger said an investigation revealed that a lamp fell onto the couch while no one was home and heat from the lamp sparked the fire.

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