According to research, fires become deadly in as little as two minutes. The more we can do to improve the chances that people and property can be saved, the better. One of the best ways to protect homes in the event of a fire is home fire sprinklers, and the growing number of installations in new homes has been largely driven by the work of AHJs, local officials, and many other community members who know their value. The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) recognizes these individuals with their Sprinkler Advocate of the Year Award, which AFSA created to recognize great advocacy work by individuals not directly involved with the fire sprinkler industry. The 2020 honor has been awarded to Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.
Geraci is well-acquainted with the irreplaceable benefit of early suppression offered by home fire sprinklers. He began his career in 1973 with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, eventually rising to the role of captain/commander of the Code Enforcement Section, before his retirement as a battalion commander for the Fire and Explosive Investigation Section/Bomb Squad.
Throughout his career, Geraci has pushed for residential fire sprinkler legislation in Maryland and was integral to making Maryland one of only two states that requires residential fire sprinkler installation in new homes. Research has shown that home fire sprinklers can lower the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent and decrease average property loss per home by around 70 percent, making this a huge contribution to fire and life safety for the residents of Maryland.
Congratulations to State Fire Marshal Geraci on this significant honor.
Learn more about how to share the benefits of home fire sprinklers in your community by visiting the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative online. More achievements in fire sprinkler advocacy can be found on The American Fire Sprinkler Association website.