In the late 1970s, about 6,000 people died in home fires each year, says Lorraine Carli in her column "Getting There" in the most recent issue of NFPA Journal. Today, that number had drooped to around 2,600. That's quite a milestone, but there is more to be done.
One way NFPA is trying to reduce that number even further is by promoting sprinkler installation in all new one- and two-family homes through the “Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home” project, launched in 2009, and the Faces of Fire inititative, launched in 2010. For more information on these two important endeavors, read Lorraine's column on line or on page 36 of the March/April issue of NFPA Journal.