Take a look at the map embedded into this post and you'll notice something spectacular: residential sprinkler advocates are joining forces and contributing to an effective grassroots effort that's spreading across the U.S. These coast-to-coast sprinkler coalitions (states with one are highlighted in blue) are promoting sprinkler education and, in some cases, convincing legislators and code-making bodies that sprinkler requirements are a necessary, life-saving measure.
An eclectic mix of fire service officials, burn survivors, water purveyors, and others, these groups have made a concerted effort to fight the strong resistance of sprinkler opponents. They strategize on how to counter the numerous myths, showcase just how deadly and prevelant home fires are in the U.S., and prevent yet another home fire death that could have been avoided.
Giving these groups the spotlight they deserve, I've pieced together an article for Sprinkler Age Magazine, the publication of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, on the efforts of these coalitions and how NFPA is offering its assistance. With 21 coalitions on the map, from Washington (the oldest) to Connecticut (the newest), their efforts showcase the successes of corralling groups together with a stake in sprinklers.
Read the article when you get a free moment (page 12). Residing in a state without a sprinkler coalition but would like to start one? Contact one of NFPA's regional sprinkler specialists.