There were many nuggets of truth during a recent story on home fires that appeared on NBC's "Today" and reported by Jeff Rossen:
- Confirmed by research and the segment's dramatic demonstration, homes and the furniture housed in them are burning hotter and faster then ever before
- Home escape plans should be created and practiced regularly (NFPA's free resources can help you accomplish this goal)
- During a fire, if a smoke alarm sounds, leave your home immediately
However, there was a crucial component of home safety missing from the news story. As Rossen reported, the National Association of Home Builders told NBC that "building codes make actual homes safer these days." Improvements have included "draft stopping in concealed spaces, safer appliances, changes to the electrical code, and requiring hardwired, interconnected smoke alarms."
While accurate, the statement falls short in mentioning that all model building codes used in the U.S. have the requirement--not the option--to install fire sprinklers in all new homes. For more information, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.