NFPA recently convened some of America's top fire safety leaders during its State Fire Marshals Forum held in Quincy, Massachusetts. Presenting to the group was NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team, which gauged their opinions on home fire sprinklers via a survey conducted before the event. With nearly half of the country's state fire marshals responding, this is what we found:
A vast majority of fire marshals support either a statewide, sprinkler requirement or giving local jurisdictions the ability to adopt fire sprinkler requirements
Many survey takers noted their state's ability to adopt fire sprinkler requirements on a local level, while others noted that their state is prohibited from adopting any fire sprinkler requirement
When asked about their sprinkler advocacy efforts, the fire marshals mainly pointed to legislator/code-making body outreach, involvement on a state sprinkler coalition, and participating/conducting live burn/fire sprinkler demonstrations.
During our presentation, we linked attendees with resources they were craving, including: