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Controlled burns are a useful tool for firefighting training and public awareness. They effectively teach the public about home fire dangers and the need for smoke alarms, escape planning, and home fire sprinkler systems.
This type of demonstration is a great example of how communities can make use of homes that are earmarked for demolition. Not only can fire departments use these homes for training and simulation, such as ventilation and rescue scenarios, but they can also use these structures for public demonstrations about the effectiveness and importance of home fire sprinklers.
For more information on these demonstrations, read the rest of this post by Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.</p>