• 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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  • Commentary: Why fire sprinklers must be considered in the debate surrounding flame retardants in upholstered furniture

    There's growing concern pertaining to chemical flame retardants used in upholstered furniture. While aiming to improve fire safety at home, these chemicals have gotten the attention of health advocates,...
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  • Fire sprinkler installation, safety measures mark one-year anniversary of Marco Polo fire

    On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, fire safety measures appear to have been prioritized following last year's high-rise fire at the Marco Polo building in Honolulu. Killing four people and injuring others, the ...
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  • Town officials make perfect pitch to strengthen home fire sprinkler ordinance

    Members of the Maine Fire Sprinkler Coalition recently participated in a town council workshop that discussed strengthening the town of Gorham's fire sprinkler requirement. According to an news story, Gorham sub...
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  • Safety advocate promotes incentives for fire sprinklering new homes

    Residential fires have already killed more than 40 people in South Carolina this year. Fire sprinklers can help end these tragedies in new homes, but the state lacks a requirement to sprinkler these dwellings. Th...
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  • New Jersey home fire kills high school graduate

    Photo: GoFundMe A devastating fire in Middletown, New Jersey, took the lives of an 18-year-old girl and her pet dog. Aubree Larusso, recent graduate of Middletown North High School, was trapped in her bedroom when the...
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  • New issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter emphasizes concerns with homes' open floor plans

    While constantly promoting the aesthetics of homes with open-concept designs, popular home improvement shows rarely (if ever) discuss its fire concerns. We underscore this issue in the latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sp...
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  • Proposed legislation would require fire sprinklers in residences owned by repeat offenders

    Aftershocks from a catastrophic fire in San Francisco's Mission Hill neighborhood are still felt throughout the city; some of the nearly 60 residents are still displaced following the 2015 fire that occ...
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  • NFPA responds to deadly New Jersey residential fire involving five children

    Photo: GoFundMe   The town of Union City, New Jersey, is in mourning following a residential fire on July 13 that claimed the lives of five children. Ranging in age from 2 to 13, the children were from the same ...
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  • State might ban home fire sprinkler requirements, but that's not stopping educational efforts by safety advocates

    Do you live somewhere that prohibits home fire sprinkler requirements statewide or locally? Do you feel like your hands are tied by laws that actually prohibit a safety feature known to save lives? While these laws ma...
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  • Couple experiences home fire on their wedding day

    Photo: Twitter    Proving fire can happen anytime and impact anyone, a Maryland couple and their family fled their home during a fire  the morning of the couple's wedding.    According ...
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  • New PSA features a conversation most home buyers should have about home fire sprinklers

    Check out a new, 30-second public service announcement created by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (a member of the New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative). It features a real estate agent or builder chatting...
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  • Latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter features exclusive interview on Las Vegas' new sprinkler ordinance

    We chatted with Robert Nolan, deputy chief and fire marshal for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, about a landmark ordinance there to start fire sprinklering its new homes. Rather surprisingly, he explains how he w...
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  • The power of storytelling: NFPA's emotional podcast series gets the gold during awards ceremony

    Feike van Dijk (left) and Noelle holding twins Ephraim ("Remmy") and Sabine ("Beanie"). (From right of Noelle) Zephan, Noah, and Able. Zephan and Noah lost their lives in a 2014 home fire.   We are a society tha...
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  • Why a home's open floor plan is concerning to fire safety advocates

    TV home improvement shows usually marvel at homes with open-concept designs. After all, today's homeowners crave spaciousness. Rarely (if ever) discussed on these shows are the fire concerns of the open...
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  • Retired fire chief builds home using fire-safe features, both inside and out

    It's as if Tim Dawdy wanted to build a fire-safe fortress. Maybe his reason stems from witnessing the damaging effects of fire during his 30-year stint in the fire service. Maybe he's safeguarding ...
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  • In this state, civilian fire fatalities up an astounding 40 percent over last year

    How bad has the fire problem been in Virginia this year? Consider this: since the start of 2018, about one resident has died every four days from fire. State data points to a 40 percent increase in civilian fire ...
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  • In a community that decided to fire sprinkler all of its homes, demonstration underscores the "why"

    In the Canadian town of Calgary, astonishing things are happening. Brookfield Residential, a developer for the town's newest development (called Livingston), has decided to place fire sprinklers in all ...
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  • Fire sprinklers get its share of the spotlight at NFPA's Conference and Expo

    You didn't have to look far to notice one of the stars of NFPA's Conference and Expo, happening this week in Las Vegas. Getting its time in the spotlight was the fire sprinkler, with NFPA dedicating an entire section ...
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  • Citing water concerns and fire department response times, town considers home fire sprinkler requirement

    Indian Hills, Colorado, is weighing a home fire sprinkler requirement, basing the consideration partly on water supply concerns and firefighter response times.    A resolution to sp...
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