!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7892b21970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7892b21970b-320wi|alt=Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7892b21970b img-responsive!Media reports are filtering in from Missouri, where fire safety advocates aren't keeping quiet about the home fire problem there and need for a solution. In one news report, which ranked Missouri as the eighth deadliest state for fire deaths, a local fire chief utilized TV cameras to discuss the rapid response of sprinklers.
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's peers would follow his lead since they know how quickly fires burn in newer homes. "Residents don't have the time to escape like they used to," 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't stopped the coalition and other safety advocates from keeping sprinklers at the forefront of public consciousness by using key facts.
"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'll find the free download under the heading "Coalition Resources.")