Two families say hello to their sprinklered homes, courtesy of Habitat of Humanity

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 22, 2015


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In June, two ecstatic families were given the keys to their new homes in Hanover, Massachusetts. Local safety officials also joined in the cheering, since both homes are fully protected with sprinklers.


Getting a peek at their new abodes were the Patry and Plahn families, who joined town officials in a home dedication ceremony last month. Members of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition were on hand to congratulate the families and underscore how well-protected they will be thanks to the homes' fire sprinklers. The coalition collaborated with NFPA, the South Shore Habitat for Humanity, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) to fully sprinkler the three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath homes. NFPA's staff even contributed some elbow grease to the project. 

The Patry Family noted their gratitude for their new dwelling in a statement placed in the ceremony's program. "Our youngest child was born with a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis 1, which keeps us forever busy with doctor appointments. Our oldest is in transition to adulthood. Knowing that, with everything going on, we have ... a safe place to come home to everyday, which is a huge burden off all of our shoulders." 

Here are some photos from the event:

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Notice the sprinklers on the ceiling?

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South Shore Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director Martine Taylor hands over keys to the new homeowners

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NFSA's Dave LaFond notes the home's life-saving feature

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Barbara Stone, deputy fire chief with the Hanover Fire Department, spoke at the event. Watch a video highlighting her presentation as well as others from the event.

For more information on this project, watch NFPA's video case study highlighting the ease and affordability of sprinklering the two homes:


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