Having hailed from Prince George's County, Maryland, home of a life-saving fire sprinkler ordinance, Orlando County Fire Marshal Bruce Faust hopes Florida will start embracing this technology on a wider scale. He's on the right track; recently, his department worked closely with the Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition and Florida Fire Sprinkler Association to pitch fire sprinklers to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando.
“We have to be really cautious in costs,” Catherine McManus, the local Habitat's president and CEO, told the Orlando Sentinel. “Residential fire sprinklers never came to mind.”
Members of all three safety groups met with McManus and provided her accurate information on installation costs, water use, and fire sprinkler operation. McManus was eventually sold on sprinklers, telling the Sentinel that this technology is "really a no-brainer."
Habitat agreed to sprinkler one of its homes, and the home's new owner moved in earlier this month. Fire protection contractors completed the installation for free. Habitat is also considering future installations. “[Fire sprinklers] provide a safer home for [Habitat] homeowners,” McManus told the Sentinel. “We want to make sure they have the best journey and the best future.”
If you need any assistance with pitching fire sprinklers to your region's decision makers, email the Fire Sprinkler Initiative team. A good starting point is our free downloads. Also, here's an example of another local Habitat for Humanity embracing fire sprinklers: