A fire department is using a grandfather's heartbreaking story to convince homebuilders they have the power to help reduce death and injury from home fires.
The Harrods Creek Fire Protection District is promoting an NFPA video featuring Irv Bailey, one of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's Faces of Fire who lost two grandchildren during a Christmas morning fire. The video and the district's push for sprinklering its new homes recently got the media's attention. "I do believe had that house been sprinklered, they would have had a chance to get out," Steve Hanson, the district's assistant chief and fire marshal, told a local news station.
Even though fire sprinklers aren't required in one- and two-family homes in Kentucky, the local fire service and public officials hope Bailey's story can alter opponent's opinions on this technology. "I don't know how you could ever watch Irv Bailey's [video] and be building a house and not put sprinklers in there," Thomas Eifler, mayor of Indian Hills, told the news station.
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