Maine couple shares story of loss to advocate for home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 12, 2013

Mayer and Sheryl Fistal are the latest to advocate for the use of home fire sprinklers in new homes as part of NFPA’s Faces of Fire Series. The campaign is part of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home campaign

While the Fistals, their guests, and their dog escaped serious injury when their brand new home caught fire in 2006, Sheryl suffered smoke inhalation and the house was a total loss. They were left with only their vehicle and the clothes they were wearing.


The devastating loss suffered by the Fistals was just one of the more than 360,000 home fires that occur every year in the US, causing billions in direct damage and thousands of deaths. However, when sprinklers are present, the risk of death decreases by about 80 percent and the average property loss decreases by about 70 percent per fire. Installing home sprinklers can, and has, saved lives throughout the country, and will continue to do so as we all do our part to promote fire safety.

For more information along with tools and field resources to help advocates talk with local elected officials and others about the life-saving impact of sprinklers visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website. To read more about the Fistal’s story check out the Faces of Fire Series.