New NFPA Journal highlights the work of four passionate home-sprinkler advocates

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Nov 12, 2014

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An incredible push is now underway throughout the country for the adoption of codes that require the installation of home fire sprinklers. With the help of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, grassroots campaigns have sprung up from New Jersey to California—more than 20 states now have formalized coalitions with the aim of making home fire sprinklers a requirement.

In this effort, several individuals stand out as especially effective and passionate advocates for home sprinklers. The November/December issue of NFPA Journal includes profiles on four of these personalities as well as an overview of their accomplishments and what makes each such an effective advocate. The feature, “Movers, Shakers, Advocates,” looks at how these four leaders have worked to dispel the negative myths about home sprinklers and to educate communities in their states about how sprinklers save lives.

The individuals featured in NFPA Journal include:

° Jeff LaFlam, of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition, who has effectively overseen a coalition of more than 300 people and brought awareness of the ability of sprinklers to save lives to the state’s building board;

° Pam Elliot of the North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition, who is a member of Common Voices, a coalition of burn survivors, and has written op-ed pieces pushing for sprinkler requirements;

° Stephen Coan, the Massachusetts fire marshal and a member of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, who has used his position of leadership to advocate loudly for sprinkler requirements;

° Tom Lia, a member of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and a driving force behind widespread local adoption in Illinois towns of NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.

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