Two news stories not only the feature the damage associated with home fires, but the technology that could have prevented it.
In Ludlow, Massachusetts, an air conditioner started a fire in July that eventually killed a couple, 82 and 78 years old, and their adult son. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey told WCVB that "fire sprinklers could have made a difference between life and death in this fire."
This month in Westminster, Maryland, another fire completely destroyed a home, resulting in $90,000 worth of damages. The volunteer fire department took 35 minutes to extinguish the blaze. According to information from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office that was highlighted in a news report, "no fire alarms or sprinklers were detected in the house at the time of the fire."
Whenever at the scene of the fire, remember to tell the media of the presence--or lack thereof--of fire sprinklers at the scene of a home fire. (Use our media tips, found under "talking home fire sprinklers.") This tactic alerts reporters to this technology and gets them into the habit of asking the question,"Were fire sprinklers present during this fire?"