• 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • Older adults, a high fire-risk group, saved by fire sprinklers in recent blaze

    Adults 65 or older comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 30 percent of all home fire victims fell into this age group, according to NFPA. Trends examined by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate tha...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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.  &...
    freddurso
    last modified by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    last modified by freddurso
  • How to include home fire sprinklers into your Fire Prevention Week outreach

    It's coming.    Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 7-13, is the time to bring your local and our national home fire problem into focus. It's the time to explain to the public that "fire can happe...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    last modified by freddurso
  • Safety advocates educate builders on sprinklering new homes

    Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition Co-Chair Wendy Niles (left) joined Lorrell Bush with the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association (middle) and Jeni Pierce, fire marshal with the Clermont Fire Department in Florida, at the ...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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 ...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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 ...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • 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...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso
  • Resident sleeps through home fire and smoke alarms, but saved by fire sprinklers

    Photo: Twitter The sound of smoke alarms did not wake a Lacey, Washington, resident who fell asleep while leaving food cooking on a stove. A fire soon erupted, immediately activating the home's fire sprinklers. The...
    freddurso
    last modified by freddurso
  • 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 ...
    freddurso
    created by freddurso