In an effort to transform members of the fire sprinkler industry into effective, life-safety advocates, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team addressed this group during the National Fire Sprinkler Association's (NFSA) Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo in Las Vegas.
During one of the conference's "innovation and information" sessions, NFPA's Jeff Hudson and Fred Durso outlined five steps to becoming better advocates for home fire sprinklers. Since members of this industry have the experience and technical know-how, their voices can be crucial in addressing sprinkler opponents and joining a growing, grassroots movement in support of home fire sprinklers.
Hudson and Durso underscored what is contributing to today's home fire problem and the exorbitant money spent by opponents in killing pro-sprinkler legislation or keeping sprinkler requirements off the code books in certain states. Based on NFPA's findings:
- Three states/regions require fire sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes
- 17 states allow local adoptions of sprinkler requirements in new homes
- 31 states prohibit statewide and new, local adoptions of fire sprinkler requirements
Hudson and Durso also urged this group to lend their voice to the cause by joining or helping form a state sprinkler coalition. To date, 30 coalitions have been formed with assistance from NFPA and NFSA.
The conference's first day also included a live burn/fire sprinkler demo (pictured above).