• Firefighters Voice Opposition to Virginia Housing Board’s Vote Against Sprinklers

    The activation of a sprinkler extinguished a fire and saved about 800 people in a Tysons, Virginia apartment building on September 22, according to a recent local news report. Damages were estimated to be $650.  ...
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  • Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition on TV to Discuss Sprinklers, Dispel Myths

    Delaware Fire Coalition Chair Paul Eichler was recently interviewed on Delmarva Life, a local TV program. As part of the conversation, the Coalition Chair provided education about home fire sprinklers and dispelled so...
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  • Funeral Held for Four Children Killed in Home Daycare Fire; Tragedy Draws Call for Sprinklers

    Photo Credit: Associated Press   It was with heavy hearts that four siblings, ages nine months to eight years old, were laid to rest over the weekend. The children were four out of the five that were killed in a...
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  • Worcester fire chief says people need to see live burns; see the value in home fire sprinklers

      The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Worcester (MA) Fire Department held a live side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn today to educate the public and policy makers about the rapid and deadly pace ...
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  • Maryland County uses baseless information to consider opting out of sprinkler requirements

    One of the arguments being used by Worcester County Commissioners in Maryland to try and opt out of the statewide requirement for home fire sprinklers in new homes is that sprinklers thwart building, a notion that has...
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  • New Jersey home fire sprinkler bill aimed at protecting firefighters and public moves to full Assembly

    By a unanimous vote the New Jersey Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee moved to the full Assembly this month the New Fire Safety Act (bill A3974) which would require home fire sprinklers be installed ...
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  • Commentary: Stop inaccurately inflating costs of home fire sprinklers

    As we reported on this blog, the Geneva, Illinois, City Council recently voted not to require fire sprinkler its new homes. The lone dissenter of the 8-1 vote against sprinklers was Alderman Jeanne...
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  • Editorial board: How long before all new homes are fire sprinklered?

    In a recent commentary, the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board addressed the home fire sprinkler debate. They foresee the day when "sprinkler systems in new homes are as common as smoke alarms," and adds that "pol...
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  • Illinois home fire sprinkler advocate pushes "Ban the Ban"

    Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), laid down a new year’s challenge he calls “Ban the Ban” to others concerned about reducing home fire loss....
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  • Australia to require fire sprinklers in certain dwellings

    NFPA has received word from the Fire Protection Association (FPA) Australia that fire sprinklers will be required in new apartment buildings over three stories in height. The association calls the new requirement...
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  • Capping off a stellar year for home fire sprinklers, two more towns pass requirements for this technology

    NFPA has gotten word that two more towns have passed requirements for home fire sprinklers this year. Dayton, Maine, and Washougal, Washington, have joined nearly a half-dozen other towns that are installing...
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  • Town council says "no" to fire sprinkler requirement for the third time

    The Sheridan Press reports that the Sheridan, Wyoming, Town Council voted "no" during a third and final reading on a code requirement to sprinkler its new homes. The council voted similarly during previous r...
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  • City passes on home fire sprinkler requirement, for now

    The town of Sheridan, Wyoming, upset safety advocates recently when its city council updated its building codes, but passed on a requirement to fire sprinkler its new homes. However, their vote doesn't appear to ...
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  • Town's fire officials on the fence about fire sprinkler requirement

    Sheridan, Wyoming, City Council recently approved a second reading of a building code update that doesn't include the model building requirement to fire sprinkler new homes. Fire service members there s...
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  • Siding with builders, city council votes not to require home fire sprinklers

    Geneva, Illinois, aldermen recently voted against a requirement to fire sprinkler all of the city's new homes. Their 8-1 decision seemed to be based on concerns argued extensively by the homebuilding industry.  &...
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  • Complementing stellar year for home fire sprinklers, another town passes requirements for this technology

    While we have seen some unfortunate setbacks for home fire sprinklers this year (Connecticut, for example), there have been some major successes on the local level. Recently, the Gorham, Maine, Town Council voted...
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  • State approves new building and fire codes but strips them of key safety requirements

    The legislative Regulation Review Committee in Connecticut has formally approved new safety codes, including a State Building Code, Fire Safety Code, and Fire Prevention Code that will fall short of nationally recogni...
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  • Town passes fire sprinkler ordinance for new homes following successful pitch by fire chief

    It was Christmas Eve, and a teenaged Paul Zbikowski was with his family when a fire erupted in the upstairs unit of the two-family home. Once noticing the fire, Zbikowski scooped his two brothers off the living r...
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  • You can help NFPA track which local jurisdictions require home fire sprinklers

    We are seeing some outstanding successes this year in regards to local jurisdictions passing requirements for fire sprinklers. For instance, Las Vegas now has its own requirement for new homes, as have cities in ...
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  • Passage of home fire sprinkler ordinance marks state's 105th town requiring this feature

    Fire safety advocates in Palatine, Illinois, gave such a convincing case for home fire sprinklers that its council members recently voted to require them in all new homes. Palatine is the 105th Illinois community with...
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