Take, for instance, the following events that took place during the latter part of 2015:
During Fire Prevention Week, students at the Seneca College School of Fire Protection in Toronto conducted a live burn/sprinkler demonstration. Building the structures themselves, students and staff also handed out free materials provided by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC). Since the school also has a firefighter program, some students worked the burn. "Seneca’s Fire Protection Program is not just teaching its students how to prevent harmful fires, but also empowering those students to educate their peers about how to protect themselves," Scott Pugsley, Industry Coordinator and professor at the school, tells NFPA. Close to 400 students attended the event, which also attracted the media. (Visit Seneca's website for more information on the event.)
Students at another school, Alcona Glen Elementary in Ontario, partnered with local firefighters to develop their own live burn/sprinkler demonstration. "The project has allowed the Grade 10 students to learn and practice construction methods while at the same time witness firsthand the value of residential sprinkler systems," Jon Pegg, fire chief of the town of Innisfil, told a local paper. "Our goal is to see sprinkler systems the norm throughout homes ... in the near future."
Understanding the power of advocacy, Canadian Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie, was interviewed for his support for fire sprinkler requirements. "What I want to do is urge anybody who is building a home now ... or considering buying a home to also consider installation of a residential sprinkler system," he said. "I firmly believe within our generation we're going to see residential sprinkler systems become a part of the code requirements."
Even the insurance industry is on board for the cause. The Co-operators, a Canadian-owned insurance company, recently underscored its stance on home fire sprinklers. Working closely with NFPA and HFSC, the company is dispelling sprinkler myths and promoting its insurance discount for sprinklered homes.