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Doug Keaty, a general contractor from Fountain Hills, AZ, and formerly with the New Mexico Home Builders Association, attended a forum at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's exhibit booth in Las Vegas. After the session, he talked with HFSC's Peg Paul about what he heard from NFPA fire sprinkler expert Matt Klaus.

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c80a5aba970b-550wi.jpgStudents from the University of Northern Iowa were among attendees at this morning's home fire sprinkler forum at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by NFPA sprinkler expert Matt Klaus, the 1/2 hour forums in the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's booth address common myths about sprinklers, system options, installation requirements, and trade-up benefits for builders and developers, including:

  • street width reduction
  • increased street grades and building set-backs
  • increased hydrant spacing
  • longer dead-end streets
6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08af235e970d-550wi.jpgAneta Piwowareztk of Las Vegas was the winner of a Smart TV at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's booth at the International Builders' Show. Aneta played the Built for Life game show with host Tom Clark, correctly answered a question about home fire sprinklers, and got to take a spin on our slot machine.
Lots more prizes available today, including another Smart TV. If you're here in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by Booth #C1053.

 

NFPA sprinkler expert Matt Klaus tells a story about friends who were concerned that their fire sprinklers would ruin the look of their new home.

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Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board -- and member of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, explains how home fire sprinklers are installed.

 

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has exhibited at the International Builders’ Show for more than 15 years. And every year, there seems to be more interest and more understanding about the life-saving potential of sprinklers.

 

We chat with many builders, naturally, but also get to talk with real estate agents, developers, architects, and remodelers. And for the past few years, the show has co-located with KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, so we’re also getting to meet interior designers, home design consultants, and other industry professionals.

With two states, the District of Columbia, and hundreds of cities and towns across the United States now requiring sprinklers in new homes, there’s no doubt there is increased awareness of the power of home fire sprinklers.

 

And I wonder if the proliferation of popular home design and improvement programs on HGTV and the DIY Network is also helping consumers better understand what’s behind the walls and above the ceilings in their homes.

 

We need to continue coming together on the issue of home fire sprinklers and help our audiences – the building industry, lawmakers, and homeowners and potential home buyers – understand that sprinklers are a simple, cost-effective way to add an enhanced level of safety to our homes.

 

Question: So whether it’s at a meeting of your sprinkler coalition, a side-by-side sprinkler demonstration, a town hall meeting, a fire department open house, or other opportunity to meet with your stakeholders, how are you helping to build on the growing understanding and acceptance of home fire sprinklers?

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Tom Clark of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition hosts the Built for Life game in the HFSC booth at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

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NFPA's Matt Klaus reviews NFPA's sprinkler standard with an attendee at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

 

I got a chance to walk around the enormous exhibit space at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas today, and I was floored by the array of new and innovate products that are on display. Lots of great ways to make your home more attractive, stylish, comfortable, secure, and safe.

 

From outdoor kitchens, spa bathrooms, rainwater harvesting systems, oodles of smart home technologies, to a $25,000 home elevator system, it seems the only limits are your imagination and your wallet.

 

And while it’s fun to dream about the fancy home upgrades, if I were building a new home today, there’s one very affordable feature that would help me sleep better at night, knowing that my family, our dog, our possessions, and our home would be protected in case of a fire.

 

Home fire sprinklers. At an average cost of $1.35 per square foot, installing sprinklers in a new 2,000 square foot home would cost about $2,700. What a great investment in safety! Consider this: if you have a fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present.

 

So of all the choices homebuilders and buyers have to make when building a new home, installing fire sprinklers is an affordable way to ensure peace of mind.

Learn more by watching these short videos from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition that provide easy-to-understand information about why fire sprinklers are needed, how they work and how they are installed.

Paul Machado
Paul Machado, a firefighter from Fall River, MA, and his crew responded to a fire inside a two-and-a-half story home. While inside the dwelling, their efforts were exacerbated by the fast-moving blaze, which knocked him to the ground. He attempted to seek safety by heading down to the first floor, but the fire was too intense. Since his radio had melted, calling in a "Mayday" was impossible. 

Firefighter Machado, who eventually escaped the blaze but suffered numerous injuries and burns from the incident, was a guest speaker at the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Quincy, MA. 

After spending three days in a trauma center and being sidelined for a year during a painstaking recovery effort, Firefighter Machado has become an outspoken advocate for home fire sprinklers, which he says could have drastically altered the outcome of the fire.

"As a firefighter, fire sprinklers were always in the background for me," he told Summit attendees. "It is hindsight, but I am happy to do anything I can to help spread the word about sprinklers. Fireighers really need to understand how important they are."

VIDEO: Firefighter Machado tells his story as part of NFPA's "Faces of Fire" campaign.

Follow our live Twitter feed - and keep up to date on the happenings at today's NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. 

Sprinkler summit

Educating the fire service, opposition from homebuilders, effective coaliton-building, resources...just some of the topics discussed on the first day of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit being held in Quincy, MA. About 70 advocates, representing the fire service, the medical community, the insurance industry, developers, authorities having jurisdiction, and others have gathered to network, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices on how to move toward sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family homes. Stay tuned to this blog for more coverage from this event.

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NJ Sprinkler CoalitionWe are asking sprinkler advocates across North America to take action in support of a crucial piece of legislation.

Both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate have passed the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would require the installation of fire sprinklers in newly constructed one- and two-family homes. The legislation awaits a signature from Governor Chris Christie.

Safety advocates from the Garden State are asking sprinkler advocates from across the country to sign a petition showcasing national support for the bill.

Please show your support by signing this petition. It's quick and easy!

Why is this bill's passage so crucial? Home is where the majority of fire deaths occur in the U.S. Since New Jersey experiences roughly 60 fire deaths and more than $25 million in estimated property damage each year, fire continues to have a devastating impact on the Garden State. Home fire sprinklers are a proven technology to reduce—and eventually eliminate—these devastating losses.

Thank you for your support!

Stanley Briers

Stanley Briers of the Texas Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Mechanical Contractors Association, and a member of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, spoke about his experience in navigating the legislative process.

Fred Durso Peg Paul

Fred Durso of NFPA and Peg Paul from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition spoke about the free sprinkler advocacy materials offered by the two organizations. 

John Pizzi

John Pizzi, president of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts, makes a point during a group discussion.

Tim Travers

Tim Travers, NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist, addressed some of the common myths about home fire sprinklers, issues such as cost (the national average for installation in new homes is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot) and sprinkler activation (only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate). See more sprinkler myths

Larry Iseminger

Larry Iseminger, Chief Fire Protection Engineer for the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, provided a history of fire sprinkler regulations in Maryland. He said that in Prince George's County alone, which has required sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes since 1992, there are more than 60,000 sprinklered homes. In the past 22 years, there have been 400 fires in sprinklered homes, but no fire deaths in those homes. 

Ruth Balser
Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser is a longtime proponent of home fire sprinklers. During today’s NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham, Rep. Balser said a key to getting things accomplished is building relationships and offered tips on how to best communicate with lawmakers. She also underscored the value of a strong coalition and local media involvement in successful advocacy efforts. “At the end of the day, many home fire deaths are preventable. And yes, sprinklers have a cost, but how do you put a cost on a human life?” she said.

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Pam Elliott's voice has become a powerful tool in the push for sprinkler requirements. Burned over 50% of her body during a house fire when she was five years old, she has turned her personal tragedy into a national campaign for home fire safety. 

Elliott was a featured speaker at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham on November 13. “I’m here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and those most vulnerable in house fires: infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled,” says Elliott, a part-time nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Elliot, who recently joined the newly-formed North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was also recently commended for an op-ed she wrote on Firefighternation.com where she expressed her frustration in the slow process and pushback against home fire sprinklers. 

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Read a feature about Pam Elliott's advocacy efforts in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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Protecting lives and saving property from fire through the installation of sprinklers in new homes is the topic at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Raleigh, NC. About 60 attendees, representing the fire service, local government, public safety and other organizations, have gathered for a one-day meeting to network, brainstorm, share best practices, and discuss challenges associated with local and state efforts to bring about sprinkler requirements for new one- and two-family homes. 

Mary Regan and Ruth Balser

Chief Mary Regan of the Westfield, MA, Fire Department, and Chair of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser.

John Caufield and Jerry DeLuca

NFPA Regional Director John Caufield and Jerry DeLuca, Executive Director/CEO of the New York Associaition of Fire Chiefs.

Danny Beeler and Bob Duval

 Fire Marshal Danny Beller of the Knoxville, TN, Fire Department, and NFPA Regional Director Robert Duval.

Debbie Doke Bob Doke and Danny Salts

Debbie Doke, Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Bob Doke, and Fire Marshal Danny Salts of Owasso, OK.

Don Corkery and Tim Travers

Don Corkery of the New York Association of Fire Chiefs and NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers.

Kevin Lauer and Kingman Schuldt

Kevin Lauer of the Municipal Tennessee Advisory Service and Kingman Schuldt, president of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.

Cindy Giedraitis and Fred Durso

 Cindy Giedraitis of the National Fire Sprinkler Association and NFPA Communications Manager Fred Durso.

Randy Safer Joe Delaune Kelly Ransdell

NFPA Regional Director Randy Safer, Joe Delaune of the Louisiana State Fire Marshals Office, and Kelly Ransdell of the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Jim Pauley Vicki Pritchett Lorraine Carli

NFPA President Jim Pauley, Vickie Pritchett of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy.

Thomas Mawson and Ben Hammond

Thomas Mawson of the Center for Public Safety Excellence in Chantilly, VA, and Fire Marshal Ben Hammond of the Sheridan, AR, Fire Department.

Jeff Hudson and John PIzzi

NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist Jeff Hudson and John Pizzi, President of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts.

Mike Hazell Peg Paul

NFPA Web Publisher Mike Hazell and Peg Paul of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

This is the second home fire sprinkler summit that NFPA has hosted this year. Last May, about 50 people attended a Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Denver

Watch this blog for more updates from the Raleigh summit.

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