KARE 11, a news affiliate serving Minnesota's Minneapolis-St. Paul area, recently featured a segment highlighting the sprinkler debate taking place in the North Star State, and why certain residents are praising sprinkler protection in residential settings. A bill banning mandatory installation of home fire sprinklers in new construction is headed to the state Senate, according to the station.
One resident, Kathy Lamont, lost her 10-year-old son in a house fire. "I think sprinklers would have saved my son," she tells KARE 11. "I definitely think so."
The segment also features interviews by Minnesota fire officials, including St. Paul's fire chief, who initiated a side-by-side burn demonstration of two identical rooms--one with sprinklers, one without--and the dramatic differences in each room. NFPA has a series of similar burn demonstration videos available on its website.
For additional testimonials highlighting the benefits of automatic fire sprinklers, check out NFPA's Faces of Fire, a component of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, which includes the following video of burn survivor Princella Lee Bridges and other sprinkler advocates: