• Lives saved throughout North America following activation of residential fire sprinklers

    It's a wonder fire sprinklers in homes can be such a contentious point when they have the power to save lives, as you're about to read:    South Carolina For the second time in a matter of weeks, fire spri...
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  • Upcoming Home Fire Sprinkler Day highlighted in new edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter

    In our latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read about the upcoming Home Fire Sprinkler Day set for Saturday, May 19, 2018. Start planning your event today.   You'll also read about:...
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  • On anniversary of The Station Nightclub fire, survivors look back while advocates praise new safety measures since tragedy

    Burn survivor Rob Feeney addresses crowd during news conference marking the 15th anniversary of The Station Nightclub fire   Looking dapper in his firefighter dress blues, Rob Feeney recently addressed...
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  • NFPA lauds passage of tax reform bill allowing the incentivizing of fire sprinkler installations

    NFPA praises the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which offers significant incentives for fire sprinkler installation. “Our research time and again stresses the life-saving importance of fire sprin...
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  • Commentary: Home fire killing two children serves as unfortunate "wake-up call" to bolster fire safety at home

    A 28-year-old father and two of his children, ages 5 and 6, died last month in a New Jersey home fire. Reports have indicated that the home did not have any smoke alarms or fire sprinklers--safety featu...
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  • In state with one of the worst fire death rates, safety advocates want all new homes sprinklered

    According to NFPA's "U.S. Fire Death Rates by State" report released last year, South Carolina has one of the highest in the nation; its fire death rate was ranked seventh in the nation. Eight of the 10 states wi...
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  • Mark your calendars: NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition initiate day of action to address America's home fire problem

      Home fires claim the lives of seven people each day. Home fire sprinklers can help eliminate these tragedies, but legislative barriers and a general unawareness of this technology have prevented its use in new ...
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  • Capitol Hill veteran killed following attempt to save son in home fire

    Photo: Facebook   To his colleagues on Capitol Hill (some of them high-profile), Ed Lorenzen had a brilliant mind. During his 20-year career on the Hill, his work on the federal budget, among other roles, receiv...
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  • Bill delaying fire protection requirements once again gets legislative approval

    Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have delayed a requirement for fire sprinklers in certain residences. His decision was a direct result of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London.  &...
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  • Updating its building code, Canada weighs home fire sprinkler requirement for new homes

    Could Canadian building codes include a requirement for home fire sprinklers?   Currently investigating this requirement is a task force formed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes that rec...
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  • Nominate a stellar fire sprinkler advocate for NFPA's James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal

    NFPA recognized Ann Jones with the 2017 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal NFPA is accepting applications for the 2018 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding efforts that take a firm stan...
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  • NFPA adds its voice to new debate on fire sprinklering all new homes

    A deadly end to 2017 and similar start to 2018 in Delaware prompted a recent story on the state's home fire problem. The story also debates the necessity of fire sprinkler requirements in new homes, and gave NFPA...
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  • Fire sprinkler incentive in new tax act highlighted in NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter

    Did you know the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a significant tax incentive for fire sprinklers in a number of settings?    We highlight this new incentive in the recent edition of NFPA's Fi...
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  • New law for New Jersey schools seen as fire sprinkler victory

    New Jersey is about to get a better idea on which of its schools are protected by fire sprinklers and which ones aren't.    A new law now requires the state's Division of Fire Safety to conduct su...
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  • Five steps to better your advocacy for home fire sprinklers

    I recently wrote an article for Sprinkler Age, the magazine for the American Fire Sprinkler Association, on effective tactics for fire sprinkler advocacy. The following are key takeaways from that piece which hopefull...
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  • Following deadly year, New York continues to underscore its home fire problem. Is your state doing the same?

    We recently published commentary from Jerry DeLuca, a New York safety advocate, about two home fires in two days that killed eight people in his state. Other advocates have been equally vocal about similar traged...
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  • Volunteer firefighter shares experience of responding to a fire at his own home

    Photo: GoFundMe   Earlier this month, firefighter Jason Penwell was en route to a fire in a neighborhood that was oddly familiar; the neighborhood was his. Making the experience all the more tragic, it...
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  • Losing disabled daughter in home fire, mother demands fire sprinklers

    Right before Christmas, 74-year-old Janice Tyrrell got a phone call every parent dreads. The caller stated that there had been a fire at the home of her daughter, Theresa Freeman, a 55-year-old disabled woman....
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  • Fire in rural home extinguished by not-your-average "sprinkler"

    The following true story about an unusual fire "sprinkler" save was sent to us by Chief David McClarty of the Lilbourn, Missouri, Fire Department:  The odd circumstances around a fire occurring in rural Ne...
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  • Will a new study lead to the sprinklering of all new homes in Las Vegas?

    A new study soon to be examined by the Las Vegas City Council states council members should enact an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in the city's new, one- and two-family homes.    This analy...
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