!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c74ca075970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c74ca075970b-320wi|alt=Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c74ca075970b img-responsive!We've recently reported that New Jersey legislators have been busy filing fire safety bills, including one that would require home fire sprinklers, after a devastating fire displaced more than 1,000 people.
Pro-sprinkler sentiment appears to be spreading beyond New Jersey's borders, as Connecticut politicians recently filed their own bill requiring sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for February 19.
Announcing its formation to the public last year, the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition invited state Rep. Stephen Dargan to speak at its inaugural event. Dargan chairs the Public Safety and Security Committee, which introduced the sprinkler bill.
In a recent article for the +New Haven Register,+ coalition Chair Keith Flood praised the bill, noting that requiring protection of this caliber in Connecticut homes is long overdue. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the number of 2014, media-reported residential fire deaths in Connecticut exceeded similar fire deaths in 2013 by more than 50 percent. "Let's stop killing individuals, let's stop killing firefighters," he told the publication.
Watch Flood narrate a sprinkler activation in the following video:
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