New NFPA Journal column: Tragedy in upstate New York underscores the need for home fire sprinklers,

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Jul 24, 2015

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Last May near Syracuse, New York, a two-year old girl died in a home fire while her mother was outside watching her four-year old son play with neighborhood kids.

“If I was standing right in front of my house when a fire broke out, I would have thought I could get my child out safely. But that was before I came to work at NFPA,” writes Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA, in her recent column in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

The fire spread rapidly because, although the home was built in 2013, four years after every model code in the country included requirements that all new one- and two-family homes be built with fire sprinklers, this house did not have sprinklers.

The tragedy happened about a week before NFPA hosted approximately 80 people from across the country at the Fire Sprinkler InitiativeBringing Safety Home Summit.

“It was a somber reminder of why we were all in the room,” Carli writes.

Read more about what was discussed at the recent sprinkler summit, see a video of a speech from a developer who included sprinklers in a new 140-home development in South Carolina, and read Carli’s column at and in the new NFPA Journal.