Have you read NFPA Journal's special issue dedicated entirely to home fire sprinklers?
If not, please do, particularly since the magazine was recently honored by the Association Media & Publishing. At its EXCEL Awards in June, the issue received gold in the category "Single Topic Issue." Also receiving praise was the editorial "Facing Opposition" written by Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy; the column received silver in the category "Editorial Opinion Piece." As stated in her column, Carli states, "the fire service, for instance, has always been the leading champion of fire safety and a consistent, respected voice for prevention. But that voice has been less consistent regarding home sprinklers, and at a time when aggressive advocacy and education are needed most. I’m not sure if it’s a lack of understanding about the value of home fire sprinklers, a bit of fatigue in a long fight, or something else. But it surfaces in places where you don’t expect it."
The rest of the issue is also a must-read for any fire safety advocate. It details how homebuilder opposition and dollars have impacted sprinkler requirements across the U.S., the misconceptions those overseeing water supplies have about home fire sprinklers, and a 20-year commitment to sprinkler education, made possible by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
Please read the issue, and let us know your feedback about the issue by responding directly to this post.