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Looking to showcase the power of home fire sprinklers? Mimic this side-by-side burn demonstration

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on May 4, 2016

Live burn demonstration

The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition knows exactly how to keep home fire sprinklers on the public's radar. In 2015, they hosted a series of burn demonstrations that demonstrated the power of fire and its nemesis--home fire sprinklers. Captured by local media, one event in particular was also witnessed by local politicians and water purveyors who tend to have misconceptions on sprinkler performance and operation. 

 

The coalition continues to prioritize these eye-catching events since they have the power to attract key influencers. In April, the coalition and the National Fire Sprinkler Association's Connecticut Chapter hosted another side-by-side burn demonstration for state building officials and others, and plans to host another in June for local legislators.

 

The following are photos from the April event. Want to host something similar in your town? Connect with your state sprinkler coalition or one of NFPA's regional sprinkler specialists for support, and download this free guide by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

Firefighters
Firefighters on the scene of the side-by-side event extinguish a fire in the unsprinklered structure
Sprinkler save
Fire sprinklers prevented flashover in one of the structures, whereas a fire in the unsprinklered structure consumed all of the contents

 

Watch this video of a previous demonstration hosted by Keith Flood, chair of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition:

Outcomes