• Report: Homebuilders spent $24 million in one state fighting home fire sprinkler requirements

    Fighting back tears, Bobby O'Neal, Sr., described the day he received the call that the home his 32-year-old son was living in was in flames. His son eventually died from the incident.    “I feel like...
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  • Could residential fire sprinklers have prevented the death of a 25-year-old?

    In a state currently battling fire sprinkler requirements, a news story discusses the potential effects of not embracing these requirements in residential settings.    The Tampa Bay Times recently unde...
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  • Homebuilders may use "loophole" to circumvent new fire sprinkler law

    A new law in Wales went into effect in January, requiring fire sprinklers in all new homes. Wales is the first country in the world to pass such a requirement.    However, homebuilders there have spent litt...
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  • Fire marshal Randy Miller named advocate of the year for spearheading fire sprinkler ordinance

    Fire Marshal Randy Miller (second from right) stopped by NFPA's booth during AFSA's convention in Las Vegas. From left: Jeff Hudson, NFPA; Lorraine Carli, NFPA; and Peg Paul with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition...
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  • During state building code update, Connecticut safety advocates urge code committee to adopt home fire sprinkler requirement

    Keith Flood, chair of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, discusses home fire sprinklers and a crucial state building code update with a local reporter.   The perpetual myth from fire sprinkler opponents t...
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  • Commentary: If Smithsonian building is worthy of sprinkler protection, why aren't our lives?

    A small fire at the Smithsonian Castle building in Washington, D.C., made minimal headlines, mainly because its sprinklers quickly extinguished the flames. No deaths. No injuries. Minimal damage.    In...
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  • Deputy fire marshal honored nationally for spearheading town's fire sprinkler ordinance

    Photo courtesy of the American Fire Sprinkler Association   Having overseen nearly 2,000 home installations of fire sprinklers, Randy Miller knows these systems backwards and forwards. He's now receiving nationa...
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  • Editorial: When you stall on adopting measures for safer residences, you're playing with fire

    A recent editorial appearing on NorthJersey.com eloquently captures the frustration felt by many of our safety advocates. The editorial is in response to state legislators stalling on fire code reform following the ma...
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  • Following Hawaii's Marco Polo high-rise fire, attention placed on state's sprinkler ban

    Image: Today.com According to a news story by the Civil Beat, the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii organized a party to celebrate what it called a "big win." This "victory" was the extension of a s...
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  • Governor signs bill allowing plumbers to install home fire sprinklers

    Photo: Twitter   Praised by local fire safety advocates, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed into law a bill allowing plumbers to install home fire sprinklers. The legislation's intent is to broaden the nu...
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  • Town council, citing popular myths, shoots down proposal to fire sprinkler new homes

    Last month, Illinois' Downers Grove Village Council voted on a proposal to require fire sprinklers in its new homes. Though many of the nearly 40 single-family-home fires in the village over t...
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  • Following London fire, lawmaker says "stop talking about the cost" of fire sprinklers and initiate action to require them

    Thus far, close to 80 people have been killed from the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Attention has been partly placed on the structure's lack of fire sprinklers and the technology's presence in both ex...
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  • Illinois community becomes 104th to pass an ordinance for home fire sprinklers

    The Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire District is the latest Illinois community to adopt a building code requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. There are now 104 Illinois communities with a sprinkler o...
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  • Hawaii extends prohibition of fire sprinkler requirements in new homes

    Set to sunset this year was a law in Hawaii prohibiting counties from adopting requirements for fire sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. According to a Hawaiian news station, the Building Industry ...
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  • Proposal to fire sprinkler new homes in Las Vegas advances

    Fire sprinklering all of Sin City's new homes could be a reality, if certain safety advocates have their say.    According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a proposal to sprinkler new, one- and two-fam...
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  • Welsh legislator Ann Jones receives NFPA advocacy award for efforts leading to a nationwide requirement for home fire sprinklers

      Spearheading legislation to require fire sprinklers in all new homes in Wales, NFPA honored Ann Jones during its Conference and Expo in Boston. Jones received the James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, established i...
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  • In a state prohibiting home fire sprinklers, another advocate pushes for sprinkler requirements

    Following pointed comments to the media about Pennsylvania's lack of fire sprinkler laws, another safety advocate has come forth with an urgent plea to change the status quo.    Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl...
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  • A recent fire "sprinkler save" reinforces advocates' new push for fire sprinkler requirements

    Soon after Pennsylvania passed a requirement for home fire sprinklers, legislative action (initiated by sprinkler opponents) took it off the books. Now, safety advocates there are once again pushing for spri...
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  • Senator introduces legislation that would eliminate fire sprinkler requirement

      A bill authored by Minnesota Senator Rich Draheim aimed at "creating more affordable housing" would weaken a current state requirement for residential fire sprinklers.    The bill, which recentl...
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  • Recent home fire deaths exemplify outcome of banning fire sprinkler requirements in new homes

    The site of a home fire that killed a six-year-old resident of Plainfield, Connecticut, in 2016 (Photo: Hartford Courant)   An article recently appearing in the Kansas City Star underscores the deadly effe...
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