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Let's start with the bad news: +The Tullahoma News+ reports that a local county commission in Tennessee recently voted to opt out of a home fire sprinkler requirement in the International Residential Code. Lobbying efforts by the South Central Builders Association of Tennessee, noted a realtor quoted in the story, successfully convinced the commission that sprinklers are "a big expense."


Now the good news: challenging such sprinkler myths, County Commissioner Tim Stubblefield, a longtime Tullahoma firefighter, was the sole vote among 20 commissioners against opting out of the requirement. "[Homebuilders] complain that it costs too much and cuts into their profits and all that, but it’s really not true," Stubblefield told the paper. “Sprinklers ... don’t cost that much to install if you do it on the front end.


"In the end, as a firefighter, I have to vote on the side of saving lives and property over saving money."


 

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Looking for more proof that sprinklers won't break the bank and make economical sense? [Download an array of research reports produced by NFPA and others. | http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/research.aspx]


 


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Matt Klaus, NFPA's principal fire protection engineer, set the record straight about NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes,+ during NFPA's recent Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston. Myths and misconceptions, he said, abound about sprinkler performance and installation cost.


Regarding the latter, the standard's committee makes it a point to consistently make sprinklers installed in accordance with NFPA 13D as affordable as possible. "We don't want to price people out of these systems," said Klaus.


 

Moreover, sprinklers should be a necessary component of new homes, which are mainly built with lightweight materials that burn hotter and faster than solid wood assemblies of years past. Therefore, noted Klaus, don't believe the myth that newer homes are safer homes.


 

Sprinklers, he added, aren't water wasters, a notion that's also perpetuated by sprinkler opponents. In fact, more water is used to fight a fire in an unsprinklered home versus a fire extinguished by sprinklers. (Looking for proof? Check out this demo created by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.) "Water is not a commodity that is available in some areas," said Klaus. "Sprinklers can help with that."


 

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Download Klaus' summit presentation for more information.


 


 


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NFSA's Bruce Lecair (left) and Lubrizol's Dave Kokosenski at Smokey's Cabin



Best known for his role in preventing wildfires, Smokey Bear is bringing his message of fire safety closer to home.


 

Assisting the U.S. Forest Service's beloved mascot with this effort is the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition . A favorite among attendees at the California State Fair in Sacramento (this year's event takes place July 10-26), Camp Smokey is an interactive exhibit showcasing a number of fire-safety principles. Since sprinklers are a requirement in all of California's new, one- and two-family homes and townhomes, the coalition thought fair goers would also enjoy getting up close and personal with these devices. 


 

Coalition member Jini Krippner approached Bruce LeCair, Southwest regional manager and associate director of Regional Operations West for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), about the idea to sprinkler Smokey's cabin. LeCair, also a coalition member, linked up with sprinkler pipe manufacturer Lubrizol, which installed sprinklers in the cabin that were in accordance with NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.+


Since the sprinklers are meant to merely display proper installation, they are not hooked up to a water supply. The sprinkler pipes are exposed as an additional educational component. 


NFSA's LeCair tells NFPA that he hopes other states utilize similar educational tactics to underscore the ease and necessity of home fire sprinklers. As for the coalition's efforts to continue educating the public even though a sprinkler requirement is on the books in California, "people need to know what's in their homes keeping them safe from fire," he says. "We need to keep that out front. That's the neat thing about the California coalition--they'll take on these sorts of educational projects. Without the coalition, we wouldn't be promoting sprinklers the way we do in California. We wouldn't have as strong of a regulation in our state."


 

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Learn how other states are educating and advocating by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's sprinkler coalitions page. Get involved today!


 


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NFPA President Jim Pauley complimented attendees at the 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston for continuing to stand their ground in support of home fire sprinklers. Noting what has been an uphill battle in many states, Pauley offered NFPA's continued support as advocates continue their efforts across North America.

 

"From the NFPA perspective, we're in this for the long haul," said Pauley. "Thank you for what you do, for fighting what is a difficult battle."

 

Exemplifying Pauley's comments, a handful of states have filed anti-sprinkler legislationthis year, including Tennessee, Nevada, and Minnesota. However, Pauley was quick to point out sprinkler successes occurring across North America. Nearly half of U.S. states, he noted, have formed a sprinkler coalition, while other states are showcasing cost-effective sprinkler installation.

 

Pauley, for example, joined NFPA to help construct and install sprinklers in two new homes in Hanover Massachusetts. "It's not about the size of the home or the size of the budget," he said. Sprinklers can be placed in any home.

 

Another key ally in the push for sprinkler requirements is Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, who also spoke at the summit reception. He underscored the 50 fire deaths in his state in 2014 and his personal push to get the state's Board of Building Regulations and Standards to approve sprinkler requirements in new homes. "The difference in future fire deaths would be dramatic if we could get this over the finish line," said Coan.</p>

 

 

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This proclamation aims to raise awareness on a variety of topics, including resilient construction and fire prevention. &quot;Often it is not until after a disaster that residents are made aware of the importance of building codes,&quot; said Diane Schwartz Jones, director of the county&#39;s Department of Permitting Services, in an article that appeared on a government and public real estate news site. &quot;This year, after a terrible fire in Downtown Silver Spring, we received a heartwarming message from a fire alarm system contractor acknowledging that the fire codes protected adjoining properties and thanking us for requiring sprinkler systems as part of our building codes.&quot;


Per Montgomery County's building codes, all new single-family homes must have sprinklers, a point officials are highlighting this month as "one of the top five ways building codes protect residents." Kudos to the county for making safety a priority at home. 


 

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Download research reports from NFPA and others highlighting sprinkler performance and benefits.


 


 


 

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One word: infographics. An eye-catching mixture of text and imagery, infographics have been a staple on social media sites in recent years due to their easily sharable format. Understanding the effectiveness of these informational tools,NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has created a series of infographics offering quick-hit tidbits on today&#39;s sprinkler myths and the effectiveness of these devices. Our goal is for you to easily share these important points with your local public, decision makers, and others.


The new infographics include information on sprinkler installation costs, today's home fire problem, the truth about today's homebuilding materials, and why smoke alarms aren't enough to protect you from a fire.


 

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    • placing them on social media sites

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The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association recently announced that a public service announcement featuring a 22-year-old burn survivor championing for home fire sprinklers has received the accolade "Best PSA for Large Market Radio."


 

Created by the National Fire Sprinkler Association&#39;s Wisconsin Chapter, the PSA features Jeff Jordan, one of the newest members of Common Voices, an advocate&#39;s coalition determined to create a fire-safe America. (Jordan has also participated in activities with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.) Jordan was only six weeks old when he was burned in a house fire resulting from his brothers playing with a lighter. Sustaining third- and fourth-degree burns on his body, he has undergone more than 80 reconstructive surgeries that have surpassed $10 million.


 

Jordan makes a strong pitch for sprinklers in the PSA, which aired on a Milwaukee radio station and honored as part of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association&#39;s 2014 Awards for Excellence. &quot;My burn injuries have been a part of nearly my entire life, but they do not have to be a part of other people&#39;s futures,&quot; says Jordan. &quot;There is tremendous value in home fire sprinklers and the lives that can be saved by them. I am glad my story can have an impact on others--whether helping someone through a burn injury of their own or helping others be smarter about fire safety and avoiding preventable fires.&quot;


A volunteer at Wisconsin's Summer Camp for Burn-Injured Youth, Jordan has also participated in national speaking engagements in support of home fire sprinklers.


 

Learn more about Jordan by watching this video produced by Common Voices, and don&#39;t forget to use one of NFPA's free print ads for your sprinkler advocacy efforts.&#0160;


 


  


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It took the Baldwinsville, New York, Fire Department only three minutes to arrive at the scene of a recent home fire. The fire had already intensified to the point that a veteran firefighter couldn't make entry. He waited for the engine company's arrival.

Inside the home was two-year-old Nora Lamirande, who was napping in an upstairs bedroom while her mother and brother were outside enjoying the spring weather. The brother headed to a neighbor's home as the mother followed, only to return to see the structure in flames. Something left on the stove was the apparent catalyst, per a report on the incident.

Despite a valiant effort by firefighters, Nora died--in a home built only two years ago. Why this story, which highlights all the reasons why sprinklers in new construction are necessary, hasn't gotten more attention has baffled Fire Chief Rick Ennis, chair of the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition. He has shared a personal essay on the tragedy with NFPA:

Today marks one week since two-year-old Nora Lamirande's funeral, who died in a fire that occurred in a new home, in a new subdivision. A fire in a home that should have had a home fire sprinkler system. A fire that would have undoubtedly had a much different outcome had a home fire sprinkler system been provided and installed by the homebuilder.

Last night, I was checking online to see if there had been any updates regarding this fire. I was checking to see if any of the fire service agencies or fire service publication sites had picked up on the incident. Still nothing (again, if anyone can show me that I am missing something, please do so). I came across a story on Syracuse.com posted May 5 that reported that a Gofundme account set up for the family had raised more than $50,000 in one day. The report cited there had been 860 donations, ranging from $5 to $1,000, with one donor writing, "no one should have to bury a child."

I admire each and every person that made a donation to that account. But I find it sadly ironic and quite frustrating that we have allowed the National Association of Home Builders to convince everyone from consumers to politicians that a small fraction of that amount of money is “too much” to invest upfront to rapidly get water on a fire and keep this type of tragedy from occurring in the first place.

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb082f0cd4970d-320wi.jpgI realize this story is no longer “news”. The fire occurred nearly two weeks ago. Nora’s funeral was a week ago. Several other fire deaths, injuries, rescues and “big fires” have since made headlines. The story now is how in the world this fire seems to be passing under the fire service’s radar. I did get a reply from the NFPA that assures me they are looking into the fire. I realize that will take considerable time and effort to do so with the thoroughness required. I am just glad to know it is happening. I've received some interesting and valued feedback from others.

I wrote an initial response to this tragedy, where I stated "a home fire sprinkler system could have changed the outcome of this fire. We encourage all to research and learn more about this fire and ask the question: Why, in 2015, does a fire like this take a life in a newly built, single-family home?" I am not suggesting that reevaluating our perspective on fire sprinklers is the only way to improve fire suppression, firefighter safety, and service delivery, but I will not back off that it would be an improvement to all of these critical areas of the fire service.

In eighteen years as a fire chief, I have consistently avoided using the emotional “burning baby” appeal to justify anything. I am reluctant to allow this incident to be used in such a manner. I cannot claim to imagine how the mother or the family feels right now, nor how they will be moving forward. My intent is simply to use the opportunity this fire offers to create dialogue, to question the status quo. My hope is that at some point in the near future, this fire gets the attention it is worthy of, within the fire service, within the courts, and within political chambers. My hope is that positive change in the future can result from Nora’s death. My challenge to us all is that we all help ensure this happens.

Please share Ennis' essay via social media and email and help spread the word about this tragedy.

Paul Machado
Paul Machado, a firefighter from Fall River, MA, and his crew responded to a fire inside a two-and-a-half story home. While inside the dwelling, their efforts were exacerbated by the fast-moving blaze, which knocked him to the ground. He attempted to seek safety by heading down to the first floor, but the fire was too intense. Since his radio had melted, calling in a "Mayday" was impossible. 

Firefighter Machado, who eventually escaped the blaze but suffered numerous injuries and burns from the incident, was a guest speaker at the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Quincy, MA. 

After spending three days in a trauma center and being sidelined for a year during a painstaking recovery effort, Firefighter Machado has become an outspoken advocate for home fire sprinklers, which he says could have drastically altered the outcome of the fire.

"As a firefighter, fire sprinklers were always in the background for me," he told Summit attendees. "It is hindsight, but I am happy to do anything I can to help spread the word about sprinklers. Fireighers really need to understand how important they are."

VIDEO: Firefighter Machado tells his story as part of NFPA's "Faces of Fire" campaign.

Follow our live Twitter feed - and keep up to date on the happenings at today's NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. 

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Educating the fire service, opposition from homebuilders, effective coaliton-building, resources...just some of the topics discussed on the first day of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. About 70 advocates, representing the fire service, the medical community, the insurance industry, developers, authorities having jurisdiction, and others have gathered to network, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices on how to move toward sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family homes. Stay tuned to this blog for more coverage from this event.

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More surprisingly, the same segment included homebuilder Randy Propst, who made the decision to install sprinklers in one of his new homes housing disabled adults. "There are places you choose to cut costs, but from a standpoint of safety, that's not the place you try to cut costs in my mind," Propst told the news station.


 

Other state sprinkler advocates hope more of Propst&#39;s peers would follow his lead since they know how quickly fires burn in newer homes. &quot;Residents don&#39;t have the time to escape like they used to,&quot; said local fire chief Rick Ennis, also chair of the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition, during another news broadcast. While the law prevents the state and communities from adopting sprinkler requirements, that hasn&#39;t stopped the coalition and other safety advocates from keeping sprinklers at the forefront of public consciousness by using key facts. &#0160;


"We lose almost 3,000 people every year to home fires." Roger Herin, president of the Metropolitan Fire Marshals Association, told the media. "That's the same amount we lost in 9/11. That happens every year in home fires."


 

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Speaking sprinklers to the media? Use a free tool developed by the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition for guidance. (You&#39;ll find the free download under the heading &quot;Coalition Resources.&quot;)


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New JerseyNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered a blow to safety advocates on May 7 by "conditionally vetoing" a bill that would have sprinklered new, one- and two-family homes. Christie vetoed a similar bill last legislative session following its passage in the state Assembly and Senate, but this time has requested a closer look at the benefits of sprinklering the state's new townhomes.

Citing residents' "struggles" to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, Christie also noted in his veto message that the bill would "further burden New Jerseyans" by "increasing the upfront cost of every new freestanding home by thousands of dollars." Christie added that the bill should be amended so that the state's Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which has the ability to modify the building code, can analyze the appropriateness of sprinklering new townhomes, which he considers having greater fire risks since these dwellings are attached. "If, after comparing the marginal cost of such devices with their marginal benefits, the DCA determines that sprinklers in such structures are warranted, then DCA should amend the Uniform Construction Code as it deems appropriate," stated Christie.

This decision, however, does little to protect the state from future fire tragedies, said New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who sponsored the bill and has constantly noted that sprinkler installation is a small fraction of a home's overall cost. The veto, he told NJ.com, "is a step backwards for fire safety" and "a slap in the face to a community of public safety officials who have endorsed, supported, and fought for this legislation." 

NFPA joined the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition this week during a news conference rallying for the bill. "Some believe that residential sprinklers should be a matter of consumer choice," said NFPA Regional Director John Caufield at the event. "Are we suggesting that of all the possible safety provisions in the model codes and the New Jersey codes, sprinklers are the one safety issue best left up to the consumer?  Government has long recognized its responsibility to protect its citizens from known safety hazards and has mandated any number of important safety provision. Similarly, I suggest that it is the responsibility of government to protect its citizens from the known risks of fire, especially when there is a clear path to significantly reducing that risk."

NFPA President Jim Pauley also sent Christie a letter urging the governor to sign the bill, and the New Jersey Coalition amassed close to 2,000 signatures via an online petition supporting the legislation.

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team sends a big "thank you" to Wisniewski and the New Jersey advocates for their unrelenting stance on fire safety. To our sprinkler advocates there and across North America: keep fighting the good fight, and use our free resources to help support your cause.

 

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&quot;This type of construction will kill firefighters,&quot; Grant told a local NBC affiliate during a recent interview. Rather than nix the use of this widely popular material, Grant would prefer to see a code-required devicesprinklersadded to all new homes. He&#39;s been working with other sprinkler advocates from the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition to make sprinkler installations in new dwellings a reality across the Commonwealth.&#0160;


 

Research by Underwriters Laboratories and others has confirmed time and again that today&#39;s homes burn hotter and faster than their older counterparts built with traditional wood materials. When comparing the time it takes traditional and lightweight materials to fail, studies show that the former under fire collapses in about 18 minutes while the latter can collapse in as little as six minutes.


"We've been fighting to get residential sprinklers installed in new construction for this very reason," said Grant.


 

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Read the story written for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative underscoring the immense research proving today&#39;s homes aren&#39;t safer, and how sprinklers can mitigate fire risks.


 


 


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Take a virtual stroll through Homestead at Hartness, a picturesque, cottage community situated on 35 acres in Greenville, South Carolina. Complementing a city already named one of America&#39;s best by Lonely Planet is this new development, ripe with amenities including a 90-acre park, fishing ponds, and boat docks. Why Homestead is getting the attentionand praisefrom sprinkler advocates is the developer&#39;s decision to sprinkler the community&#39;s 140 new homes.


[NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative | http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org] team visited the community in February to document how the local fire service and builder came to this decision, which was a win-win for all parties. A surprising find was that installation costs hovered around $1 per sprinklered square foot, proving home fire sprinklers are not the costly component to homes that sprinkler opponents say they are.


 

Adding their support to this project are members of the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition and South Carolina burn survivor Princella Lee Bridges, one of NFPA's Faces of Fire.


 

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Watch the video, and use it to complement other builder resources created by the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to showcase how sprinklers can be cost-effective.


 


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A new lawsuit is underscoring a builder's "failure" to follow a code requirement to sprinkler its new homes.


 

According to a news release, the class-action lawsuit recently filed in Nevada&#39;s Clark County District Court alleges that three-story homes built by Ryland Homes in the Las Vegas area are &quot;defected&quot; since they lack home fire sprinklers, a code requirement in all model building codes guiding new home construction. The suit also contends that the unsprinklered structures compromise the health and safety of residents.


"This is a classic case of a large corporation putting profits before people--in this case, blatantly disregarding the building codes and putting the lives of homeowners and first responders at risk to save a few dollars per home," Mark J. Bourassa with the Bourassa Law Group, LLC, stated in the news release.


 

The news release also cites research from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative; in 2013, there were more than 369,000 home structure fires that resulted in nearly 2,800 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries.


 

The lawsuit coincides with recent steps taken by the Nevada Legislature to alter the state's residential sprinkler requirements. Senate Bill 477 revises provisions governing the sprinklering of new homes. For instance, homes under 5,000 square feet would be excluded from sprinkler installations under certain circumstances.


 

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Keep tabs on this and other anti-sprinkler legislation by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site. Looking to take a stance in support of home fire sprinklers in your state? Contact one of our regional sprinkler specialists, or join a state sprinkler coalition.


 


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Members of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition are taking part in the New Home Fire Safety Act Advocacy and Support Day, May 5 at the New Jersey State House in Trenton. On board to speak at the event is NFPA, key members of New Jersey&#39;s fire safety organizations, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who introduced the legislation to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. The bill successfully made its way through the state&#39;s Assembly and Senate and awaits Christie&#39;s signature, who has until May 7 to act on the measure.&#0160;


If you'll be in the Trenton area on May 5, please attend this important event.


 

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Where: New Jersey State House Annex, Fourth Floor, Committee Room 15, 125 West State St., Trenton
Event Contact: David Kurasz, 732-492-0707


 

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Also, please add your name to the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition's online petitionurging the governor to sign the bill. Even if you&#39;re not a New Jersey resident, your signature tells the governor that you support increased safety at home, no matter the state. It takes seconds to sign the petition.


 


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