Following a news conference last week underscoring a recent fire death of a six-year-old girl in a new home, the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition has continued to spotlight this tragedy and inaction by state decision makers to create safer homes.
Following the October 25 event, the coalition placed a full-page ad in the Hartford Courant detailing tactics by fire sprinkler opponents that have prevented the passage of fire sprinkler requirements in new homes. "These opponents claim this technology is 'burdensome, not necessary, expensive'--all myths countered by solid research," states the ad. "Allowing these lies to perpetuate is what's killing our residents in the place that they feel safest."
Coalition Chair Keith Flood also penned a commentary published by the Courant. "The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut has stated sprinklers are too expensive and unnecessary since 'nobody is dying in new homes from fires.' How many more residents have to die before we stop listening to this rhetoric and finally take our home fire problem seriously?" he states. "The solution [home fire sprinklers] to this problem exists. Join us in demanding safer homes."
Please join the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition in demanding for safer homes. These free resources by NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative can get you started.