• 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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  • 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...
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  • Nine steps for promoting home fire sprinkler incentives to your community and developers

    Developers need to know that installing fire sprinklers in their new homes can be a financial win. Serious dollars can be saved via reducing construction and infrastructure costs if sprinklers are included in new home...
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  • NFPA highlights news reports that accurately portray residential fire sprinkler activations

    A big complaint from our safety advocates is that fire sprinkler activations don't get nearly as much media play as home fires. Or, when an activation occurs, the media focuses more on the "damage" than what was actua...
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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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  • Advocacy on wheels: Fire sprinkler supporters create eye-catching bus ad

    Safety advocates are taking their sprinkler education and advocacy on the road, literally.    Members of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition developed this bus ad promoting home fire sprinklers that include...
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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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  • Fire sprinkler coalition initiates call to action, urges legislators to act on fire sprinkler bill

    The Massachusetts Legislature is debating if local communities can require national fire safety measures in new home construction, particularly, requirements for home fire sprinklers. Currently, these communities don'...
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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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  • Fire sprinkler bill prompts TV ad aimed at fighting requirements for this safety technology

    New York TV stations are airing an ad downplaying the necessity of fire sprinkler requirements, but safety advocates are fighting back.    A bill introduced in Albany County would require fire sprinkle...
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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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  • Residential sprinkler activates, firefighter uses boot to finish the job

    Here's a unique fire sprinkler save from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Firefighters there were called to an early-morning, residential fire. Residents told them the fire was inside a vacant apartment. Upon entering the...
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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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  • Following concerns from homebuilders, town places vote on fire sprinkler requirement on hold

    Set to vote on a requirement to sprinkler its new homes, the Palatine, Illinois, Village Council decided to postpone the vote after local builders argued they "were given little advance warning about the vote" and cou...
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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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