NFPA joins the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in expressing its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those impacted by a recent home fire in Baltimore that killed six children. According to news reports, the mother and two boys remain in critical condition.
In a statement firmly backed by NFPA, IAFC commended the emergency responders on the scene and reaffirmed its support for home fire sprinklers. (Both organizations are board members for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.) While the outcome of this recent tragedy cannot be altered, steps can be taken to save future generations from home fires.
NFPA also supports IAFC's call for creating safer home environments for the public and fire service. Add your voice to the cause by joining or forming a fire sprinkler coalition or becoming a Built For Life Fire Department. Together, we have the power to change the course of fire.
Here is the complete statement from IAFC:
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) expresses its deep condolences to the family and friends of six young children who reportedly perished during a residential house fire Thursday in Baltimore, Md. We commend the first responders who responded to the tragic scene. Most unfortunately, despite many advances in recent years in fire prevention and fire suppression, our nation still has a serious problem with home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires cause the majority of all civilian fire deaths, civilian injuries and property loss due to fire in the United States. The IAFC continues to call for every home to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Further, the IAFC reiterates its policy that all new construction, including one- and two-family dwellings, should be built with residential fire sprinklers. The outcome of the Baltimore fire may not have been different as codes enacted today are not retroactive, but we must look toward tomorrow. The risk of loss of life due to residential house fire can be significantly reduced if we employ known, effective technologies such as residential sprinklers. We urge the public to consider the installation of residential fire sprinklers in their homes. We urge all fire service organizations, and organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders, to join us in making all homes as safe as possible for residents and firefighters.