The issue of home fire sprinklers has also been heating up, prompted by local safety advocates initiating dialogue on these devices. Take, for instance, Gainesville Fire Rescue, which is raising awareness of sprinklers through education. "The number one loss of life today from fire is not in buildings like this where we enjoy the protection of sprinklers," Gainesville Fire Chief Jeff Lane said during a recent presentation to the City Commission inside City Hall. "Where we lose lives today is in our homes, and you'd think that's where we'd want to be the safest."
City commissioners, intrigued by Lane's presentation, seem to be supportive of sprinklering new homes. "We just have to figure out how to be supportive of them without adverse effects," Commissioner Craig Carter told The Gainesville Sun. Added Commissioner Harvey Budd, who experienced a fire in his home, "I've had the fire, so it's real to me. Had we had the sprinkler, it probably would have saved part of my kitchen."
Following Lane's presentation, the commission tasked its staff with creating a public awareness campaign on sprinklers and considering a study underscoring the economic impact of installation, reported The Gainesville Sun.
One such study, which are a requirement in Florida before passing a sprinkler ordinance, was conducted by Florida's Estero Fire Rescue. The study concluded that the average installation cost in their town is pennies above the national average. Late last year, Estero passed an ordinance to sprinkler its new, one- and two-family homes.
Also championing for increased awareness of these devices is the newly formed Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
You don't need to reinvent the wheel to produce a quality educational campaign in support of home fire sprinklers. If you're a member of the fire service, use these free resources tailored to your industry produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Don't forget to also share these eye-catching infographics produced by NFPA, similar to what you see here: