Stephan Cox (left) and Richard Smith with the Maryland State Firemen's Association received the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Award from Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
One lucky fire sprinkler advocate will receive $1,000.
NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) are accepting nominations for its Bringing Safety Home Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers.
The award honors members of the fire service and other fire sprinkler advocates in North America who use HFSC educational information, NFPA data, and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources to educate decision makers on home fire sprinklers. These efforts are aimed at convincing legislators and code officials to support sprinkler requirements at the local, state, or provincial level. The award recipient will receive a $1,000 grant to further fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts in their area.
Past recipients of the Bringing Safety Home Award have included members of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, who helped defeat a legislative bill that would have weakened Maryland’s statewide requirement for sprinklering new homes. Fire chiefs influential in passing fire sprinkler requirements in their town have also received this award.
“This year, a number of communities have successfully passed requirements for fire sprinklers in new homes,” says Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and HFSC president. “We are gradually seeing more and more towns embrace this technology thanks to the dedication of fire sprinkler advocates who educate on the life-saving ability of fire sprinklers. They know how to effectively counter sprinkler opponents who downplay today’s home fire problem and the need for fire sprinklers in all new homes.” According to NFPA research, fire sprinklers reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 80 percent.
NFPA and HFSC will accept nominations for the Bringing Safety Home Award through November 30, 2018. Visit NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative website to submit a nomination.