The state of Connecticut is benefiting from the efforts of a man who has turned tragedy into triumph.
Jeffrey Block has been an influential force behind a legislative bill requiring landlords to inform tenants whether or not their homes are sprinklered. His push follows the death of his 21-year-old daughter, Eva, in a 2012 house fire. Advocating for this bill, Block recently made a tearful plea to a local TV news station, urging lawmakers to get the bill out of legislative limbo. He also initiated an online petition to gain public support for the measure.
The legislature responded by passing the bill this week during a special session. “The bit of awareness residents are going to get, they’re going to be notified now whether they have an active or inactive sprinkler system in their facility ... just to make them aware of their surroundings,” said Block, who joins the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition in advocating for sprinkler legislation.