The Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition offered its wealth of sprinkler knowledge to the state's Building Code Council at a recent hearing.
The 15-member council is seeking input on the 2015 edition of the state's residential building code. The current edition has placed sprinkler provisions for one- and two-family dwellings---provisions found in model safety codes---into an appendix. This placement allows jurisdictions to adopt sprinkler requirements but prohibits statewide adoption, says coalition chair Jeff LaFlam.
"We want to become an educational resource ... so that you can make fact-based decisions about the importance of residential fire sprinklers to the people of Washington State during the upcoming code cycle," LaFlam told the Code Council at the public hearing. He also supplied the council with brochures and educational DVDs from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
Education has been at the forefront of the coalition's efforts since it formed nearly seven years ago. Consisting of nearly 300 members including local fire service officials and nurses who assist burn survivors, the coalition is hoping to keep its momentum going during the current code cycle.
"There's much more awareness from the general public [about home fire sprinklers]," LaFlam, also the fire marshal for the Northshore Fire Department, tells NFPA. "As more people learn about them, they'll feel it's much more palatable to have them in their homes and to understand the value of them."
Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative website to learn more about the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition.