The grim facts are filtering in: 2014 has had a deadly start, with certain states reporting high numbers of home fire deaths.
For instance, in New York, nearly 70 residents have died from fire this year. In Pennsylvania, there have been more than 50 deaths. In Ohio, more than 30. Noting that these numbers "are among the highest in the nation during this time period," Russell Fleming, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, has written Op-Eds on home fire sprinklers for a number of online sites and publications.
"In the U.S., there have been 909 reported civilian fatalities due to fire incidents between January and April," he stated in an Op-Ed that appeared on Patch.com. "Despite all of this loss, states...are still resisting the concept of installing residential fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed one- and two-family homes and rely solely on smoke alarms to keep their constituents safe. Fire sprinklers are the only form of proactive fire protection and can protect lives and property by immediately reacting, controlling, and even extinguishing a fire."
Check out the fact sheets on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site for more information and statistics on the U.S. home fire problem.