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Burn survivors are becoming powerful voices in the fight for home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on May 19, 2014

 

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511bb2195970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511bb2195970c-320wi|alt=Amy Acton|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Amy Acton|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511bb2195970c img-responsive!At NFPA's recent Bringing Safety Home Summit in Denver, the human impact of fire was underscored during a poignant presentation by Amy Acton, executive director of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and member of NFPA's Board of Directors. Founded in 1977, The Phoenix Society empowers burn survivors through peer support and education and within the last decade has made use of their personal stories for sprinkler advocacy purposes.


"Burn survivors are some of the sickest people you will see in the hospital," Acton told the summit attendees. "Those involved in a house fire usually suffer from smoke inhalation injuries." 


 

Acton also referenced Robert Feeney, a survivor of The Station Nightclub Fire and sprinkler advocate. For more information on Acton's presentation and other summit presenters, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative website. For additional survivor stories, check out NFPA's Faces of Fire.


 


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