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Tom Lia is one busy man. He's a constant presence at the number of live burn/sprinkler demonstrations taking place monthly in Illinois. He knows how to work the media to promote home fire sprinklers. He's assisted other safety advocates in conducting sprinkler-specific open houses. LIa is an educational powerhouse, and knows education will lead Illinois to a safer future.
His efforts are already paying off; close to 100 Illinois communities have adopted sprinkler requirements. A humble Lia, however, deflects any credit for these successes.  “It’s due to the dedication and motivation of the fire and building officials who believe in the sprinkler concept,” says Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, a nonprofit promoting legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and government policymakers on home fire sprinklers. (He’s also a regular contributor to this blog.) “We’re just giving them the tools to support their efforts.”
In the latest issue of +NFPA Journal,+ Lia, a member of theIllinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and three other sprinkler advocates, discuss successful ways they've educated and advocated for home fire sprinklers. Read and download Lia's profile by visiting the Illinois coalition page.