A day of celebration ended tragically when a couple in their 30s died from a fire in their home earlier this year. Deciding to spend a low-key New Year's at home, the couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning attributed to the fire, which was caused by a cigarette that ignited bedding, reports the Manchester Evening News. An inquest determined that the smell of smoke likely woke the couple, but they quickly became unconscious by the fumes.
Upon learning the official cause of death, assistant coroner Jean Harkin has vowed to urge council officials and housing associations in her English town to seriously consider home fire sprinklers. The paper also reports that she plans on writing to her government to "champion a push for sprinklers...in all residential buildings."
"Whilst they might not prevent all deaths, they might prevent some," Harkin told the paper.
Become an advocate like Harkin, and tell your legislators and code-making bodies that home fires--and home fire sprinklers--need their immediate attention. NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative gives you everything you need to make a compelling case for this life-saving technology.