• 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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  • Latest issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter features cities that passed fire sprinkler requirements

    While we have seen some unfortunate setbacks for home fire sprinklers this year, there have been some major successes on the local level. About a half-dozen towns this year have passed requirements for home fire sprin...
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  • Station Nightclub survivor weighs in on city council's anti-sprinkler vote

    The Warrensburg, Missouri, City Council recently voted against requirements to sprinkler certain establishments, opting instead for alternatives that were deemed "as safe as sprinklers."    The council's de...
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  • Six firefighters injured in home fire

    Earlier this month, firefighters were responding to a home fire in La Grange, Georgia, when a "flashover situation" occurred and injured six of them, according to news reports. Four of them experienced secon...
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  • Swarms of people attend open house of a home devastated by fire

    The line snaked past the gutted home and into the street. Seeing is believing, and about 800 eager New Zealand residents saw an eyeful when they finally made their way past the home's front door. There were charred re...
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  • What to expect following a home fire: a safety advocate's perspective

    Within the span of a day, two home fires in the same state resulted in four people being injured and an estimated $200,000 worth of damage. There were likely news reports on the fire, but the media did ...
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  • Here are the findings from a new study examining 10 years of home fire data and fire sprinkler impact

    A new report once again points to the horror home fires pose on the public, and the power of home fire sprinklers. Examining 10 years of fire data, the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia released new...
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  • European county initiates yearlong Sprinklers Save Lives Campaign

    One fire department is devoting an entire year of activities to fire sprinklers.    This month, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in England initiated its Sprinklers Save Lives Campaign aimed at raisi...
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  • Mega homebuilder incorporates built-in Wi-Fi, voice activated features into all new homes, but where's the fire sprinklers?

    Named one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., Lennar announced this summer that all of its new homes will become smarter homes; locking the front door or turning on the lights in any room, for instance, can ...
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  • Safety advocate questions Chicago fire codes following fire killing children, two adults

    Photo: GoFundMe   Update: Since this blog was published, two additional teenagers impacted by this fire have died, bringing the human toll to 10 people. Officials are now investigating fireworks and sm...
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  • Fire safety advocate who fought anti-sprinkler legislation receives national award

    Stephan Cox (left) and Richard Smith with the Maryland State Firemen's Association accept the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Award from Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and president of the Home...
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