Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) founding members with HFSC spokesperson and home improvement expert Ron Hazelton after a fire sprinkler demo at the NFPA Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. (Left to right) Ron Hazelton; HFSC Communications Manager Peg Paul; Frank Mortl, AFSA; Steve Muncy, AFSA; Gary Keith, FM Global; HFSC President Lorraine Carli, NFPA; and Vickie Pritchett, NFSA.
Twenty years ago, there was trouble at home. The place where Americans spent the most time was where fire was also killing the most people. This grim reality didn't sit well with NFPA or other organizations in the business of life safety. Everyone seemed to understand the importance of smoke alarms and home escape planning, but there was another component of life safety that wasn't getting enough attention.
A unique collaboration with NFPA, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the American Fire Sprinkler Association brought to light the solution to safer homes. In 1996, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) was formed and has since illuminated home fire sprinklers as a necessary component in all new homes.
Other partnering organizations and companies have since joined (HFSC), creating an educational endeavor that has taught countless residents throughout North America how fire sprinklers combat the realities of home fires. “From day one, all of the founding members put aside any political and philosophical differences to focus on the task of developing the best home fire sprinkler educational material we could,” says Gary Keith, FM Global’s vice president of Engineering Standards, who during his tenure at NFPA was HFSC’s President. “We knew we were ahead of where the model codes were on home fire sprinklers at that point in time, but that only made us more determined to sharpen our educational message and build support across all interest groups."