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We at NFPA have given you yet another tool to help stay on top of important sprinkler news and new resources for your advocacy efforts. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative has officially joined Twitter!


 

If you're on Twitter, please follow us (our handle: @NFPA_FSI ), since we will be regularly tweeting out important tidbits. Add our handle to any of your sprinkler-related tweets to get our attention.


 

Not on Twitter? Please consider joining. In today's social media-savvy society, staying in the know has never been easier. Speaking from experience, I joined about a year ago (@FredDursoJr ) after taking on the role of communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, and this platform has given me the ability to connect with sprinkler advocates from across the globe. The more connected sprinkler advocates are, the greater ability we have at standing united in support of safer homes across North America.


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New budget bills by both the House and Senate include the "cancellation" of the provision to sprinkler new homes larger than 4,500 square feet. According to a local media report, a state representative called the requirement "onerous" while others noted it has the ability to drive up prices for buyers looking to enter the home-buying market . (In actuality, the average cost for sprinkler installation in Minnesota is $1.51 per square foot, per the state's Department of Labor and Industry.)


Supporting the requirement and countering the opposition is Minnesota Rep. Joe Atkins, who has stated that homes that are required to be sprinklered in his state are not "starter homes."


Check this blog for updates to this story.


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April 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletterIn its recent report, "Characteristics of Home Fire Victims," NFPA analyzed key demographics to paint an alarming portrait of the people at most risk of dying in fire.

Get more information on the report and the fire problem in your state by reading the latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. The issue also includes stories on:

  • the fire deaths of seven children in a state that has not updated its building code in years
  • a homebuilder who cost-effectively sprinklered his parent's home
  • a sprinkler advocate who counters the popular argument that "sprinklers will price out homebuyers"

Don't miss an issue of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter; subscribe today, and each monthly issue will be sent directly to your inbox. It takes but a few seconds to subscribe.

Sprinklers save lives
Since more and more fire departments suffer from staffing woes, the need for residential sprinkler requirements has never been greater, says a key fire official.

Tom Rinaldi, second vice president of the Association of Fire Districts of New York State, penned an op-ed addressing staffing shortages in the fire service and how sprinklers can aid this group. Rinaldi lives in a state that hasn't updated its building code in years, and is urging the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code in its entirety, including the provision to sprinkler one- and two-family homes. Rinaldi's association is one of a handful of groups who have joined the New York Sprinkler Initiative that supports this measure.

"Fire departments, whether career or volunteer, are being challenged by a lack of adequate staffing," stated Rinaldi in his op-ed. "In the volunteer fire service, the response times are being affected by short daytime staffing combined with aging-out volunteers. We need to either have a resurgence of volunteerism, which I don't see, or staffing issues will continue.

"The one thing that mitigates faster-burning materials, fire department staffing challenges, and the rapid destruction of lightweight engineered systems is residential sprinklers. This helps the fire service, which does not then need as much staff to extinguish and overhaul the fire. It's like having a fire department parked in every new home."

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Tell the New York Code Council to adopt a more robust building code. Visit the New York Sprinkler Initiative site and send the council an already-drafted email in support of the sprinkler provision.

And then there were 23.

 

Wisconsin is the latest state to formalize its support for home fire sprinklers via the resurrection of its own

state sprinkler coalition. NFPA recently spoke with Gregg Cleveland, chair of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition and fire chief of the City of La Crosse Fire Department, about reenergizing his state's sprinkler advocates and turning sprinkler opponents to sprinkler supporters.

 

 

Give a bit of history on the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

 

The coalition was originally formed in 2009. The biggest issue we had, though, was struggling to get things moving. When you have fire inspectors, fire chiefs, and sprinkler advocates working on their own, holding down a full-time job, the coalition was something we couldn’t sustain. We didn’t have the support NFPA is now providing through its Fire Sprinkler Initiative. To me, that was the building block that we needed to get this thing moving and place it on a solid foundation so it is sustainable.

 

 

Has the coalition's mission changed?

 

The original coalition was focused on education, and that's what the mission is today. We’re not in a position yet to advocate for sprinkler legislation, simply because there’s simply too much education that needs to be done at the local level. We have some huge hurdles to overcome here. Right now, you can’t legislate residential sprinklers in Wisconsin. In order for that to eventually change, there needs to be a solid understanding of what residential sprinklers are.

 

 

Who has joined the coalition, and who would you like to see at the table?

 

 

The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association and the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association have signed on. I’d like to see every fire service organization sign on as well as the Wisconsin Builders Association. Typically there’s been a lot of resistance here to engage them because lots of times, the fire service views the issue of residential sprinklers and the builders as a winner take all – sprinklers versus no sprinklers. That’s not the world we live in today. We need to engage them, listen to them, and hear what their concerns are. Going back to the mission of the coalition, we need to educate them. I think there’s a lot of architects and engineers who don’t understand the value of sprinklers.

 

 

Outside of inviting the builders group to meetings, how else do you plan to engage them

 

Our number-one priority is to communicate, not only to bring them to the table, but give them incentives for attending our events and sprinkler summits. If they attend our summit, maybe they can get continuing education units. That's one tactic. The long-term goal of the coalition is to be able to sit down and have some real dialogue on sprinklers to understand why it is the builders oppose them so much, then take that information, think about it, and make changes.

 

What's another group that could benefit from increased education?

 

Water purveyors. Why do they surcharge sprinkler systems? They do it because the decision is based on flawed data, flawed beliefs that sprinkler systems need all of this water. Why are you penalizing people who are taking financial responsibility for their own fire protection and giving incentives to those that don’t? That’s one of the major issues that needs to be addressed. We should be charging water standby fees for those properties without residential sprinklers. This is a revenue issue.

 

Why is now the right time to reinvigorate the coalition?

 

We now have the support of NFPA and the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Also, we can’t solve tomorrow’s problems with yesterday's answers. We have a legislature that is predominantly anti-sprinkler. Sprinklers aren't typically supported by pro-business politicians. If we don’t do something different, why expect a different outcome? The timing is right to really make a focused attempt at educating and bringing people up to speed on why sprinklers in general are so good.

 

For more information on the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition, contact Gregg Cleveland at: clevelandg@cityoflacrosse.org

 

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But take a closer look at NAHB's report and you'll notice some misleading findings, says Buddy Dewar, vice president of Regional Operations for the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Dewar, for example, questions the way in which the 200,000-household figure was determined and emphasizes homebuilder arguments to home fire sprinklers.


"Homebuilders often single out a fire sprinkler system as 'the' reason potential buyers are priced out, builders go out of business, and communities suffer from stunted development," says Dewar. "To suggest that one component in the home be computed individually in the final mortgage is a misstep. This ignores the market factors that go into pricing a home: location, local amenities, local economy, etc. To use NAHB's logic, two homes using the same building components located in different areas of town should be priced exactly the same."


Moreover, adds Dewar, a home's components should not be singled out when discussing price since in the end, the pricetag is negotiated and will likely sell for less than the homebuilder's initial list price.


 

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Keep flooding the homebuilding industry with facts on cost and other items pertaining to the benefits of home fire sprinklers. Share this 16-page document created by NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative with your local homebulder and anyone else would benefit from these key facts.


 


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We're giving home fire sprinkler advocates across North America extra time to submit applications for NFPA's Bringing Safety Home Grant. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 30. This is your chance to secure up to* $10,000* to fund an extensive sprinkler campaign or project in your state or region.


 

Craving some ideas on how to use these funds? We've developed a menu of options that includes:


    • creating a state/regional sprinkler summit bringing together key allies to share information and develop a sprinkler strategy

    • developing a local advertising campaign underscoring the benefits of home fire sprinklers

    • initiating a legislative campaign in support of a new sprinkler bill


 

We've made the application process a painless one. For all details, please visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.


 


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Earlier this year, a resident discarded smoking materials in a small, plastic trashcan in her garage. A fire spread from the trashcan to a nearby upholstered chair, eventually activating a sprinkler head. (Sprinklers in accordance to NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes,+ are not required in garages. The resident's jurisdiction, however, requires sprinklers in these areas when an occupied living area is above the garage.)


The sprinkler head completely extinguished the fire. There was minimal damage to the garage, no damage to the adjacent living area, and the garage was dried out in two hours. 


 

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Looking for other examples of sprinkler saves from across North America? Check out the Sprinkler Saves website.


 


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According to a news release by the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), a dropped ceiling blocked the fire sprinklers, thus impacting its ability to perform. "Sprinkler systems in houses are essentially maintenance free," said Jason Webb, NFSA's director of Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance. "But when you make modifications that block the fire sprinklers, you have a recipe for disaster."


Bowie is one of the towns in Maryland's Prince George's County, which enacted a sprinkler requirement for newly constructed residences more than two decades ago. During that time, there's been an average of nine fire fatalities, but not a single one has occurred in a sprinklered occupancy, said Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. 


Having a qualified fire sprinkler contractor present during home upgrades and modifications can prevent outcomes like the one in Bowie, notes NFSA. 


 

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Learn about all of the successes in Prince George's County since its sprinkler requirement was enacted by downloading a report produced in part by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.


 


 


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Firefighter and homebuilder Kevin Fitzpatrick (center) cost-effectively sprinklered his parents' new home in Alsip, Illinois.




One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes.


 

As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in Alsip, Illinois. The single-family home is an outcome of the village’s sprinkler ordinance, which is in accordance with NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.+


The build was a learning experience since it was Fitzpatrick’s first attempt at sprinklering a home. Fortunately, he saved money on the project by selecting a sprinkler contractor who knew how to cost-effectively meet all 13D guidelines.


For instance, the plumbing inspector cited the need for a reduced pressure zone backflow preventer, which would have meant additional costs. Since the system does not have a fire department connection, Fitzpatrick and his contractor discovered they did not need this type of preventer, since there was no chance of non-potable water being pumped into the system. Therefore, a cheaper alternative was a double detector backflow preventer.


Moreover, Fitzpatrick saved more money through the use of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe. The plumbing inspector originally called for copper pipe but later reversed the decision due to the ceiling height and the spacing between the joists.


Fitzpatrick’s initial plans were to install fire sprinklers in all rooms and spaces, but upon further review of NFPA 13D, he discovered that bathrooms under 55 square feet and closets under 24 square feet did not require sprinklers. He also discovered that he did not have to protect the attic (it wasn’t a finished, storage space and didn't include heat-producing devices) or the garage.


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Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Executive Director Tom Lia (left) showcases a sprinkler head to new homeowners.



 

To showcase the new home, Fitzpatrick allowed the Alsip Fire Department and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) to host an open house for elected officials, village department heads, and staff. The attendees went on a tour of the home before drywall was installed so they could get a behind-the-walls view of the system. A live burn/sprinkler demonstration also took place in a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer to display how sprinklers save lives.


 

At the end of the open house, NIFSAB gave the Fitzpatrick’s the fire sprinkler plans, a copy of the NFPA 13D booklet, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s “Living with Sprinklers” Kit. NIFSAB gave Fitzpatrick information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Live Safety Initiatives. Number 15 specifically calls for new home fire sprinkler installations and model code adoption to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries.


That day, village officials and firefighters learned about the importance of NFPA 13D and adopting sprinkler requirements. Most importantly, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick now have peace of mind knowing that their son protected them with fire sprinklers.


 

This post was written by Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and government policymakers on home fire sprinklers. Lia regularly offers his perspective on sprinkler activities taking place in his state and elsewhere.


 


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Seeing firsthand the personal and physical destruction caused by home fires, the fire service can be a vital and necessary ally in advancing home fire sprinklers.

 

 

 

This was one of the conclusions published in an article that appeared in a recent edition of New Solutions Journal.

While underscoring the evolution of sprinkler technology and new construction challenges that emphasize the need for these devices, the article also highlights the role firefighters can play in promoting sprinklers.

 

 

 

For instance, the article, "Preventing Fire-Related Occupational Deaths: Residential Sprinklers Save Civilians, Property, and Firefighters," references an addendum to

report that documents a 65-percent reduction in firefighter injuries per 1,000 homes when sprinklers are present. "As we look for ways to reduce firefighter injuries and deaths, it is clear that residential sprinkler systems are a viable strategy for realizing this goal, and that firefighters have an important role in increasing prevalence of residential sprinkler systems in the housing stock of tomorrow," states the article.

 

 

 

The authors also counter sprinkler misconceptions that exist within the fire service, including the notion that sprinkler requirements will make the fire service obsolete. "We see no indication that the need for fire service response is going away any time soon

 

 

 

Read the full article, and watch a video of one of the article's authors, Scott Somers, former council member for the city of Mesa, Arizona, discussing an innovative approach to sprinkler installation in low- and moderate-income homes:

The headlines were horrific:

 

Brooklyn Fire Kills Seven Children, City's Worst Toll Since 2007

--The New York Times

 

Father Grieves for Seven Kids Killed in Brooklyn Fire

--New York Daily News

 

Seven Children Die in Fire as Mother Pleads For Help

--Associated Press

 

The March tragedy is an alarming wake-up call about the gravity of home fires. Equally frustrating to members of the New York fire service is the fact that the state's building code hasn't been updated in more than nine years. Advocates have joined forces to urge the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the provision to sprinkler newly constructed one- and two-family homes.

 

Backing this adoption is the New York Sprinkler Initiative, a recently formed group that consists of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York Fire State Marshals and Inspectors Association, and others.

 

 

 

Also supporting the push for a statewide code update is Edward Rush, fire chief of the Hartsdale Fire Department, who penned an article calling for immediate action. Realistically the seven youngsters who died in the Brooklyn fire would have nevertheless have been lost, mainly because the sprinkler requirement in the 2015 IRC would apply to new buildings only. However, unless we want to read about identical stories 20 years from now, the installation of residential sprinklers in new buildings right now is imperative.

 

Read the rest of Rush's op-ed for more information.

Free money alert!


 

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has announced a new stipend program for U.S. and Canadian fire departments that funds eye-catching live burn/sprinkler demonstrations. The $1,000 stipends will pay for the materials needed for demonstration units and other costs. HFSC already gives free guidance on constructing these units and hosting these events via its Fire and Sprinkler Burn Demonstration Kit.


 

Only fire departments that are members of HFSC’s free Built For Life Fire Department Program can apply for the stipend. (If your department isn't one, sign up today.) More than 2,500 departments have already committed to making home fire sprinklers a focus of their community outreach.


The effectiveness of a sprinkler demonstration is unmatched, says Peg Paul, communications manager for HFSC. "These demonstrations showcase the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers at a time when consumers are made to falsely believe that modern homes are safer. In reality, today's home fires are burning hotter and faster than older homes."


 

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Apply for the stipend today. Need more proof of the effectiveness of sprinkler demos? Watch this video of a recent burn at NFPA's headquarters:  


 


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NJ Sprinkler CoalitionWe are asking sprinkler advocates across North America to take action in support of a crucial piece of legislation.

Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate have passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would require the installation of fire sprinklers in newly constructed one- and two-family homes. The legislation awaits a signature from Governor Chris Christie.

Safety advocates from the Garden State are asking sprinkler advocates from across the country to sign a petition showcasing national support for the bill.

Please show your support by signing this petition. It's quick and easy!

Why is this bill's passage so crucial? Home is where the majority of fire deaths occur in the U.S. Since New Jersey experiences roughly 60 fire deaths and more than $25 million in estimated property damage each year, fire continues to have a devastating impact on the Garden State. Home fire sprinklers are a proven technology to reduce—and eventually eliminate—these devastating losses.

Thank you for your support!

 

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The California Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed a fire service media guide, a tool that provides key information that can be used in front of cameras and reporters. For instance, the guide underscores language that highlights a sprinkler's reliability, aesthetics, installation, water requirements, cost, and insurance discounts. The document also includes sample sound bites which are likely to get picked up by the media, including "The quick response of the fire sprinklers kept the fire small, allowing the family to escape safely and minimized the risk to our firefighters.”


[Download a free copy of the new guide by visiting the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition site. | http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/california] The item is listed under the heading "Coalition Resources."


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