The Fire Sprinkler Initiative team was on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls last week presenting at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Mid-Term Meeting. We highlighted some key activities showcasing growing support for home fire sprinklers in Canada, including:
- an inquest into two home fires that led the Ontario's Office of the Chief Coroner to recommend "the installation of [fire] sprinklers as a component of fire and life safety in all newly constructed residential homes"
- a new study by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Ontario underscoring a $7.6 billion economic loss from fire in unsprinklered homes
- the first-of-its-kind Canadian sprinkler summit for the fire service and homebuilders held in Toronto earlier this year
The latest endeavor is the creation of a new advocacy video produced by The Co-Operators, a Canadian insurance company that has been vocal in its support for home fire sprinklers. NFPA partnered with the Co-Operators for the video, which describes the role sprinklers can play in creating resilient communities, the truth behind common sprinkler misconceptions, and how sprinklers can safeguard firefighters, especially in rural communities. Please help share this important video with your contacts, and note the growing support for this technology throughout North America, not just in the U.S.