The home fire problem isn't specific to North America. Across the pond, European safety advocates have been active promoting the frequency of these incidents and the solution to the problem: home fire sprinklers.
An educational event hosted by the Cornwall Fire, Rescue, and Community Safety Service in the U.K., showcased the components of fire sprinklers and a demonstration to public officials. "This excellent event has provided Cornwall [members of parliament], councillors, and colleagues from Cornwall Council with strong evidence that sprinklers save lives," Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker told a local radio station.
One parliament member seemed impacted by the education he received at the event, telling the station that he will "certainly support moves to encourage their installation in both public buildings such as schools, as well as homes."
The news story also highlighted this video, similar to the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's Faces of Fire profiles, of a local father who lost his two sons in a home fire:
Cornwall's event serves as a reminder to always invite elected officials and your town's decision makers to any public education event involving fire sprinklers. Moreover, make home fire sprinklers a key, educational component in your outreach; if you're in the fire service, sign up to become a Built for Life fire department, a program initiated by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.