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The August issue of The Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll:

 

  • Learn about the 2020 dates for Home Fire Sprinkler Week as well as information on how you can get involved.
  • Find an all-encompassing article about home fire sprinklers that provides vital information to share with stakeholders.
  • Discover social media cards to use in your sprinkler advocacy efforts.
  • Get insights into commonly asked questions about 13D.

 

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Erie, PA home daycare fire aftermath

Photo Credit: Associated Press

 

It was with heavy hearts that four siblings, ages nine months to eight years old, were laid to rest over the weekend. The children were four out of the five that were killed in a home daycare fire in Erie, Pennsylvania. The fifth child, a two-year-old boy, will be laid to rest today.

 

The cause of the fire is being investigated; it is believed to have started by an overloaded extension cord in the home’s living room. Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski said he suspected the intensity of the fire, which melted the siding on the front of the house and damaged two homes next door, was made worse by furniture in the living room. Officials reported that the house only had one smoke detector, in the attic.

 

In the wake of the fire, Fire Chief Brian Enterline of Harrisburg, PA called for lawmakers to pass legislation that would require sprinklers in all new homes. Enterline cited that Pennsylvania has the third most fire deaths in the country.

 

Ironically, beginning January 1, 2011, Pennsylvania lawmakers mandated the installation of sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. However, with pressure from home builders, that mandate was repealed in April of that same year. Since 2011, there have been nearly 143,000 single-family housing starts in the state.

 

To learn about how you can advocate for home fire sprinklers in your community, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website.

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition HouseWhen it comes to home fire sprinklers, misinformation about these life-and-property-saving systems continues to persist. Many who unfamiliar with the technology think that sprinklers are too expensive and that they will activate for no reason. They also often believe that in the event of a fire, the sprinklers will cause more damage than the fire itself.

 

In an all-encompassing article on Forbes.com writer Sheri Koones refutes these claims and explains why home fire sprinklers should be a requirement in all homes.

 

Supported by data from NFPA, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and the Scottsdale Study, Koones writes, “It is clear that sprinkler systems can save lives, and reduce property loss.”

 

Read the full article here and share it with your peers, legislators, and anyone you know who could benefit from this information.

 

Photo: Courtesy of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

 

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