In the latest edition of Sprinkler Age, the magazine for the American Fire Sprinkler Association, we wrote an article highlighting five steps that can better your advocacy for home fire sprinklers. If you're new to the advocacy world or want a more defined approach, take note of these five steps highlighted in the article:
1. Understand the Problem. Before you can promote the solution to America’s home fire problem, you must explain why the solution matters. Use NFPA’s extensive research reports underscoring, annually, the tragedies associated with home fires.
2. Join the Good Fight. You now can lend your voice and expertise on fire sprinklers to a growing, grassroots movement. Thirty states (and one Canadian province) have developed fire sprinkler coalitions. If your state doesn’t have a coalition, contact NFPA. We can help you initiate one.
3. Promote the Solution. If you’re looking for resources promoting these astounding statistics, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s “Take Action” page. There, you’ll find infographics, fact sheets, and videos ideal for social media sharing. Our newest resource is a downloadable, advocacy toolkit featuring the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s greatest hits.
4. Counter the Opposition. Anytime you hear or see a “sprinkler myth” being perpetuated in your region, use your voice and state the facts. Write a letter to the editor in response to an anti-sprinkler story or let the public know a home fire incident may have been prevented if fire sprinklers were present. If there is a “sprinkler save” in your region, highlight it.
5. Stay in the Know. We are always creating new resources aimed at taking the guesswork out of fire sprinkler advocacy. Subscribe to the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's monthly newsletter and get alerted to these resources. You’ll also read about sprinkler news making headlines and new tactics for advocacy. The more knowledgeable you are, the more effective you can be as an advocate.