Recently in Georgia, firefighters responded to a fire at the home of a 93-year-old disabled resident. Crews located the man, who survived the blaze that was eventually extinguished by the home's sprinklers. The fire was also contained to a single room.
Capt. Michael Black with the Henry County Fire Department used this incident to promote sprinklers on a larger scale. "This is proof beyond doubt that smoke alarms, in conjunction with installed fire suppression systems, play an important role in controlling and sometimes even extinguishing fires before firefighters arrive," he told a local paper.
Using the media to his advantage, Black promoted the power of sprinklers via this recent activation. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has produced a free media guide that gives tips on harnessing the power of the media in your region, whether at the scene of a fire or its aftermath. The guide instructs you to:
- underscore the home fire problem (Black told the media that "eight out of 10 fire deaths occur in the home" Moreover, "the Department of Community Affairs has been unable to adopt requirements due to legislative action.")
- promote the solution ("Fire sprinklers cut the risk of dying by about 80 percent," said Black)
- note the ease and affordability of installation ("The cost is relatively low and is paid for over the life of a mortgage," said Black)
Join Black in promoting home fire sprinklers. Download the free guide today, and alert your local media of the importance of this technology.