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.
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.