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One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes.
As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in Alsip, Illinois. The single-family home is an outcome of the village’s sprinkler ordinance, which is in accordance with NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.+
The build was a learning experience since it was Fitzpatrick’s first attempt at sprinklering a home. Fortunately, he saved money on the project by selecting a sprinkler contractor who knew how to cost-effectively meet all 13D guidelines.
Read more by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.