The Missouri Sprinkler Coalition was one of 15 recipients of the 2016 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home Grant. The Missouri coalition received $5,000, which was used to host a local summit to understand the cost disparities of fire sprinkler design and installation. The summit also hoped to compare these findings to the national average of $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, and discuss possible solutions for reducing this gap.
The summit was held on November 4, 2016 in St. Louis, and was attended by 20 stakeholders representing a variety of interests including fire sprinkler contractors, fire service, local government, homebuilders, NFPA, and others. The group was led through a serious of discussions and exercises that encouraged the exchange of various perspectives, ideas, and problems. Ultimately, the summit led to four action items: the creation of a fire sprinkler database for the St. Louis area, implementing a “pilot” home fire sprinkler project, engaging with the insurance industry about liability rates for designers and installers, and improving coalition support.
For more information on the Missouri coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.