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2020

At this time, the world continues to be significantly impacted by COVID-19 and we no longer believe it is possible to host and conduct the NFPA Conference and Expo in June. NFPA is a safety organization and we would not hold an event where the well-being of staff, attendees, and business partners could be compromised in any way.

 

(See Jim Pauley’s full statement on the cancellation of the 2020 NFPA Conference & Expo in the video above.)

 

There are some activities that occur at the event, in particular the Association’s Annual Meeting and the election of directors to the Board, as well as the codes and standards technical meeting that NFPA will handle in a remote manner. More information on these activities will be forthcoming and will be posted on the website.

 

You can find additional information about the cancellation, by visiting our conference website.

 

Our annual conference is a very important event for us, as it is important for all of you who participate. While we are disappointed we will not be meeting in person this year, we do look forward to celebrating the 125th anniversary of NFPA as an association with you at the 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo, which will be held the week of June 21, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Stay safe during this unprecedented time. Thank you for the work you all do.

home fire sprinkler week

As the world continues to deal with the ongoing demands of COVID-19, NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) have cancelled live events that week in favor of a North America wide virtual effort to show the value of home fire sprinklers from May 17-23.

 

Initiated three years ago, Home Fire Sprinkler Week aims to unite the fire service around a full week of sprinkler education. The goal is to increase awareness of the problem of home fires and build interest in life-saving home fire sprinklers.

 

The first two years we conducted national media events and fire departments in more than 30 states and Canadian Provinces participated. Most conducted live events as the centerpiece of their local campaign, especially public side-by-side demonstrations showing how fast a home fire grows and how quickly a fire sprinkler controls it.

 

But life is very different today with the fire service at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And most states have been on lockdown for weeks now, making public educational events impossible. Our intent is to garner as much if not more attention as we have the last couple of years with Home Fire Sprinkler Week virtual.

 

We are also partnering with Firehouse Magazine to present a Facebook live event featuring U.S. Fire Administrator Chief Keith Bryant, IAFC President Chief Gary Ludwig,and NFPA President Jim Pauley. So mark your calendars for May 20 at 11a.m. ET. Join and share our Facebook Live event with your followers.

 

To simplify this transition to virtual, we created digital resources designed to educate and inspire through your website traffic and social media. This is an opportunity to educate with appropriate social distance. Across the U.S. and Canada, the fire service will bring together their digital voices and safely spread the word about the life saving benefits of home fire sprinklers.

 

The campaign is simple. Start at the HFSC website. Then:

 

  • Use the theme and suggested content for Monday through Friday during campaign week
  • Choose a video or graphic or both each day
  • Post the information on your website, Facebook, Twitter, or on all of your social media platforms

 

Based on news coverage and information from various areas, we’ve found that quarantine has led directly to more home cooking fires. That’s not a surprise but it’s a troubling trend and underscores the need to increase the number of new homes with sprinklers.  Our homes are where we are supposed to feel safe, including being safe from fire.

 

Home fire sprinklers are simply the best bet to protect civilians and responders from fire. Let’s flood the Internet with facts about home fire sprinklers the week of May 17 – 23.

 

In addition to the HFSC website, you can visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative for more information.

NFPA’s  Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) are pleased to announce that Chase Browning from the Medford Fire Department, is the recipient of the 2019 Bringing Safety Home Award.

 

The award recognizes fire service members and other safety advocates who use HFSC and NFPA home fire sprinkler educational materials and resources to educate local officials as part of an effort to upgrade or pass new home fire sprinkler legislation.Chase Browning

 

Browning, the Chair of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition, has been a champion for the lifesaving benefits of sprinklers for many years. He was influential in participating in HFSC’s Fire Sprinkler Developer Incentives program, working alongside several builders and developers. He has participated in the code adoption process with Oregon’s Building Codes Division (BCD), making certain that the BCD does not amend NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. While working in the HFSC pilot process for the incentives campaign, Browning continues to education builders/developers on the financial benefits of the incentives and hopes to see more voluntary use of sprinklers.

 

As part of his many advocacy efforts, Browning was instrumental in building two fire sprinkler burn trailers, one from a $10,000 Bringing Safety Home grant, and one in conjunction with the Ashland Fire Department through a FEMA grant. He promotes the use of these trailers in Oregon, conducting or being a part of many side-by-side demonstrations. The trailers continue to be deployed throughout the state.

 

With Browning’s support, the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed 11 educational presentations, which are posted on the Coalition website, and used to promote home fire sprinklers throughout the state. He has developed personal relationships with and delivered advocacy programs to water purveyors, sprinkler contractors, home builders, developers, fire services, building officials, city managers, and many others. Browning has also started developing a home fire sprinklers best practices guide with plans to share it with others across the country.

 

Through Browning’s tireless efforts, the Coalition ensures that every year Oregon actively participates in Home Fire Sprinkler Week, and that the activities of the Coalition are occurring in most areas of the state. He also teaches technical sprinkler classes across the country on behalf of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.

 

As the Bringing Safety Home Award recipient, Browning was awarded a $1000 grant to further fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts in his community.

 

Deputy Fire Marshal Browning is an excellent example of the many local champions working to reduce loss from home fires by acting locally to increase the number of new homes built with sprinklers. NFPA and HFSC are extremely pleased to present this award to such an active life safety advocate.

 

More information about fire sprinkler advocacy can be found on NFPA’s website, and at www.homefiresprinkler.org.

 

 

As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our website.

Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition

 

“Home fire sprinklers are like having the fire department sitting in your living room, waiting for a fire to occur.”

 

This quote from Delaware Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio in a recent article in the Dover Post emphasizes just how crucial fire sprinklers are in protecting lives and property in a fire, to fire sprinkler advocates.  

 

Despite all model residential standards calling for fire sprinklers in all newly-built homes, the state of Delaware has not required this safety measure. The most the Delaware legislation has done towards implementing fire sprinklers, according to the article, is requiring builders to give an estimate of the cost of sprinklers, and requiring the fire marshal’s office to send homebuyers information on the benefits of sprinklers.

 

As staunch advocates for the life-saving power of sprinklers, the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition promotes the inclusion of residential fire sprinkler systems in newly built single-family homes. Paul Eichler, a volunteer for the Dover Fire Department and a fire battalion chief for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland, in the same article, says that from a fire service perspective, when there’s a fire outbreak, it’s imperative to “get water on it.” According to an NFPA study, statistics show that fire deaths were 87 percent lower and property damage costs 30 percent less, if there was a sprinkler system.

 

New homes today are often built with unprotected lightweight construction and filled with lots of synthetic materials that burn hotter and faster than older homes. According to fire safety experts, we can have as little as two minutes to escape a home fire compared to eight to 10 minutes in previous decades. Armed with important facts about the benefits and true, affordable costs of sprinklers (high cost is one of the most persistent myths about home fire sprinklers), advocates in Delaware continue to educate others on this life saving measure.

 

Chionchio summed it up best when he said, “The number one thing, to save your life, and firefighters’, I would say, is fire sprinklers. You just can’t beat that, if you ask me.” 

 

For more information about fire sprinklers, visit the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative webpage. Find additional information about  the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition and its work, on its coalition webpage.

 

 

 

As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage.

 

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