• 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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  • Tragic Halifax Fire Draws Calls for Sprinklers

    The small community of Spryfield within Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada was overcome by sorrow last month when a usual day turned tragic as seven children died in a fatal home fire in what news reports described as a r...
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  • NFSA Former President and Sprinkler Advocate John Viniello Passes Away

    The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) announced the passing of its former President, John Viniello on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. John served the Association as President from 1984-2012, and was involved in t...
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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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  • Commentary: opponent's claims on fire sprinkler costs only part of the problem

    The following commentary is from Steve Leyton, president of Protection Design and Consulting:    I read your summary of the Geneva, Illinois, council action and Bill Webb’s comments regarding hom...
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  • Here are NFPA's top five stories on fire sprinklers/home fires in 2018

    Which of our stories on home fires and fire sprinklers got the most attention in 2018? Here's a recap of our five most popular posts appearing on this blog:    5. Station Nightclub survivor weighs...
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  • Four-part series on residential fires underscores safety shortfalls

    “People are at risk of a fire anywhere they live, work, or recreate. But residential fires have accounted for almost all of the loss of life in our community,” Las Vegas Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal ...
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  • Working smoke alarms inside home where five children died from fire

    Source: WFMJ   Five children--ranging in age from one to nine years old--died in a horrific home fire in Youngstown, Ohio, this month. At the time of this post, the children's mother remains in critical conditio...
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  • NFPA's story of a home fire once again gets national recognition

    NFPA has been developing new ways of letting the public know that home fires should be a serious concern. Simply telling people that home fires are responsible for the majority of fire deaths isn't enough to...
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  • Young couple didn't have to die, says fire chief also taking a strong stance on fire sprinklers

    "It's nothing short of a tragedy," Fire Chief Brian Enterline told a Fox affiliate following the death of a young couple from a residential fire in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Based on what was discovered...
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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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  • Advocate urges action following home fire death of disabled person

    The following commentary was written by Michael Wilson, state coordinator for the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board. The board is a member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition:   We have come a long...
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  • Use NFPA's presentation to underscore concerns with unprotected, lightweight construction and home furnishings on fire

    A recent news broadcast eloquently described the hidden fire dangers of the modern home. The broadcast's effectiveness was due in part to Fire Marshal Ed Ruckriegel, who described the research behind these d...
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  • Omitting fire sprinkler requirements for years, is this city finally ready to embrace them?

    Ever since the requirement to fire sprinkler new homes made it into all U.S. model building codes, Sheridan, Wyoming, officials have decided not to adopt it. Citing fire safety issues, the city now seems to ...
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  • Close before you dose: New video highlights home fire spread in bedroom without door closed

    Proven methods to either slow or stop fire spread in homes (e.g., fire sprinklers) should be considered. Here's another tactic the team at UL is promoting: keep your bedroom door closed while sleeping. ...
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  • New take on a live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration features importance of closing doors

    During Fire Prevention Week, the team at the National Fire Sprinkler Association showcased the power of home fire sprinklers during a segment on "Fox & Friends." This wasn't your average burn from a fire spri...
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  • New video narrated by pro-sprinkler builder gives unique pitch for home safety

    Fire safety organizations have teamed up to produce a new video succinctly outlining the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers.    NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coali...
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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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  • Fire chief: The fire sprinkler industry should be more aggressive in promoting their life-saving product

    The following commentary appeared in the September/October 2018 "member takeover" issue of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Magazine. Many thanks to NFSA for allowing us to repurpose these thoughts to th...
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