"Today's fire is not your grandma's fire" was the theme of a live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration that took place recently in Rapid City, South Dakota. In front of a large crowd, members of the newly formed South Dakota Fire Sprinkler Coalition demonstrated what research has already confirmed--today's furnishings and modern building materials are made differently and burn faster than its predecessors.
Looking to showcase this point to the masses, the coalition took to the Central States Fair, where attendees watched flashover occur in two minutes, 14 seconds. "The crowd was utterly amazed, and [the event] reinforced our point about how quickly fire spreads," says coalition member Jody Telkamp, who also disseminated free information from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative to attendees.
Watch the following video of this burn demonstration, and consider hosting a similar event at your local state fair or other event that tends to draw big crowds. Contact your state sprinkler coalition or NFPA to help fine tune any of your ideas.