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In a letter to the editor published today on, Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition chairman, Paul Eichler, addressed the conversation about home fire sprinklers that is taking place in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. On behalf of the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters' Association (DVFA) Fire Sprinkler Committee, Paul Eichler voiced support for the commissioners' review of the residential building codes. He also strongly encouraged that the commissioners leave the home fire sprinkler requirements intact.


“The requirement was part of the 2012 code adopted by the city,” read an earlier editorial, “but commissioners opted to exempt that requirement from the code at that time.”


Fire and life safety were among the many benefits of requiring sprinklers that Paul outlined in his letter. Here are some of the key points he shared:


-Residential fire sprinklers will protect many people and significantly reduce property damages. Certainly, the homeowners, any tenants, their pets, and their possessions will be protected by the 24-hour coverage. When a property is protected by a fire sprinkler system, fires are kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time, and sprinklers use 90 percent less water than what is flowed by a firefighter’s hose. 


-First responders are protected due to responding to less severe conditions. Neighbors are protected since an interior fire will be held in check and not extend to neighboring properties.


-Insurance claims will be considerably lower, as well as the aspect that the affected occupants will most likely be able to stay in the same occupancy after the fire instead of being displaced for months.


The article also briefly mentions concerns raised about cost. According to a report by The Fire Protection Research Foundation the cost is, on average, $1.35 per sprinklered square foot - an amount that is similar to what people pay for carpet upgrades, whirlpool baths, or granite countertops. 


You can read Paul Eichler’s full letter here and learn more about the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition by visiting its website

The November issue of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter is now available. There are stories on:


  • the home fire sprinkler test performed by This Old House's Richard Trethewey
  • the New Hampshire summit that brought together fire safety stakeholders from New Hampshire and Vermont
  • tips on staying fire-safe this winter as well as resources you can use to educate your community on home heating safety

Not getting this monthly newsletter in your inbox? We can fix that. E-mail our Fire Sprinkler Initiative team and tell us you'd like to start receiving this publication. 

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is accepting applications for its 2020 Phoenix Fellowship program. These 11-month service-learning positions give early-career professionals the opportunity to gain professional experience as well as build a larger understanding of the Society's organizational functioning and partnerships. 


Phoenix Society Fellows for 2019 Year

The Phoenix Society Fellows for the 2019 Year


There are eight Phoenix Fellowship positions available in the following focus areas:

Advocacy, Community Events Planning, Marketing and Communications, Peer Support Programming, Philanthropy, Virtual Support and Education, Young Adult and Supportive Programming, Youth Supportive Programming


The Phoenix Society says its dream candidates are mission-focused, collaborative, and always looking for ways to grow. If that's you - or someone you know - you can learn more about the program and how to apply here. Applications are open through December 20, 2019 and the fellowships will begin in January 2020.

If you were thumbing through your social media feeds over the last few days, you might have seen it: with a little humor and a great hat, Richard Trethewey from This Old House demonstrated how sprinklers work in a video that was posted on the show’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.


All lightheartedness aside, in the minute-long clip, Richard, This Old House’s plumbing and heating expert, addresses some of the common misconceptions about residential sprinklers. With more than 93,000 views on Facebook alone, the clip reached many of the show's fans. “Thank you for showing the truth about sprinklers in the home,” commented one viewer.


Check out Richard's demonstration video on Facebook: 



The social media cards from The Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) and The Truth About Home Fire Sprinklers from FSI and The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition are two additional resources you can share with your audiences to provide education about residential sprinklers. The topics covered include sprinklers vs. smoke alarms, the cost of sprinklers, and sprinkler water usage.

room on fire without fire sprinklers for protection


The third annual Fire Safety and Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Prevention Summit was held this week in Lebanon, NH. The summit brought together fire and life safety professionals in New Hampshire and Vermont to explore ways to prevent deaths and injuries in the bi-state region.


This year’s program included a live side-by-side burn and sprinkler demonstration, which was covered by the news outlet WCAX in Burlington, VT. 


As attendees watched the live demo, Michael Young, New England Regional Manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association explained, “We used to tell people three to five minutes to get out of a house. Now it’s down to about one to two minutes.”


Today's home fires burn faster than ever in part due to the synthetic materials that are often used in modern home furnishings. These synthetic materials are “solid gasoline,” said New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Paul Parisi.


Room with sprinklers after a fire


The NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s popular PowerPoint presentation helps underscore today’s home fire dangers and demonstrate the life-and-property-saving value of sprinklers. The presentation can be a great tool to use in your education efforts.

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