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The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) announced the passing of its former President, John Viniello on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. John served the Association as President from 1984-2012, and was involved in the fire sprinkler industry since 1973.

John was NFSA’s president when the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) was founded in 1997. He was always a major supporter of the HFSC mission and all of the work to educate on the value of sprinklers. 

In a press release Shane Ray, NFSA President  spoke of John’s impact, “John’s contribution to the growth of the fire sprinkler industry is visible today in the number of personnel and the number of programs dedicated to advancing the mission of saving lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept,” 

More information about John’s legacy and on arrangements can be found on the NFSA website.

As Burn Awareness Week, sponsored by American Burn Association (ABA) and heavily promoted by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, winds down it is a great opportunity to talk about home fire sprinklers and their role in reducing burns.

According to a recent NFPA report, in 2017 there were 10,600 civilian burn injuries; the major cause of which is cooking. In 2015, almost half of all burn injuries were caused by the cooking equipment.  

Activities and information available during Burn Awareness Week are designed to increase awareness, provide safety education, and encourage injury prevention practices to help reduce the number of injuries.

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Phoenix Society Executive Director and NFPA Board Member Amy Acton discuss the importance of Burn Awareness Week on WABC 13. Click here to view video.

NFPA is proud to support Burn Awareness Week by providing statistics, various safety tips and information about burn and fire prevention.

One of the important aspects of life safety protection is the presence of home fire sprinklers. Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers can decrease the number of burn injuries. Key facts to support the benefits of sprinklers include:

  • the civilian death rate is 81 percent lower in homes with fire sprinklers than in homes without them
  • the average firefighter injury rate is nearly 80 percent lower when fire sprinklers were present during fires
  • when sprinklers were present, fires were kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time
  • the home fire death rate is 90 percent lower when fire sprinklers and hardwired smoke alarms are present.

More information to promote sprinklers can be found at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative

By a unanimous vote the New Jersey Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee moved to the full Assembly this month the New Fire Safety Act (bill A3974) which would require home fire sprinklers be installed in new single and two-family homes during their construction. 
According to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, there were 31,944 fires reported in 2016, with 18,623 of those involving structures. More than 70 percent of the structure fires occurred in residential homes of which 66 percent were two family dwellings. 
(A video produced by the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB) showcases the quick intensity of today's home fires and rapid response of home fire sprinklers.)
Committee members testifying spoke to the aim to reduce loss of life to citizens as well as firefighters. “This bill has the potential to save residents and help our firefighters who put their lives on the line each time they go into a fire,” said Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (Middlesex, Somerset). “That alone makes this a crucial legislative effort.”
New Jersey would join Californiaand Marylandas well as hundreds of communities across the country in requiring sprinklers in new one and two family homes, the place where the vast majority of fire deaths occur today.
For more information on this effort in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.

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