Elderly couple dies in county that recently opted to exclude residential sprinkler requirement

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jun 19, 2014

A house fire claimed the lives of an elderly couple a month after a local board voted to omit a sprinkler requirement in new construction.

According to a news report, the Illinois couple, one of whom had mobility issues and used an oxygen tank, was unable to escape in time. Older adults are one of the groups at highest risk of fire death and injury. "This fire is a tragic reminder of the need for fire sprinklers in homes," said Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and Fire Sprinkler Initiative blogger. "National studies have shown that people tend to feel the safest in homes. However, homes are where the greatest fire risk is present."

For more information on this event, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.