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.
“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 nfpa.org/journal and in the new NFPA Journal.