If you're heading to NFPA's Conference and Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this year, take note of the these two education sessions sure to perfect your pitch for home fire sprinklers, a necessary technology in all new homes:
Getting the Message Across: A Guide to Pitching Fire Sprinklers as the Tool to End Our Fire Problem
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Room 256
The risk of dying in a home fire has not changed in nearly four decades, though the technology to reduce this risk exists. Panelists from NFPA, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and Viking Group will explain how to effectively promote fire sprinklers to the public and media as that technology. Methods to be presented include crafting compelling messages using new research and resources from NFPA; pitching this life-saving technology to news reporters, efforts that have led to a better informed public and a defeat of anti-sprinkler legislation; amplifying the voices of fire and burn survivors; using and localizing props, graphics, and video footage; using social media to create widespread awareness; and communicating fire sprinkler saves (or success stories) to the media.
Home Fire Sprinklers: Stakeholder Perceptions in Mandatory Requirement States
Monday, June 5, 2017, 8-9 a.m.
Location: Room 256
While more and more states and jurisdictions continue to debate the adoption of code requirements for home fire sprinklers, a project was undertaken to gauge stakeholder perceptions in states with widespread adoption. This session will present the findings of a market research study conducted in two states, Maryland and California, that have required home fire sprinklers in single-family residences. The study included a survey of homeowners and local government officials and interviews of water purveyors in both states.
Also, don't forget to swing by NFPA's booth on the expo floor to talk fire sprinklers with our regional sprinkler experts!