Who knew Tyler Perry was an advocate of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®? During the 2017 People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where Perry was named Favorite Humanitarian, the actor/director highlighted fire and life safety measures in the Microsoft Theater LA Live, the venue for the award ceremony.
Perry kicked off his acceptance speech by noting the theater's safety regulations. He acknowledged the standardization by which “the facility abides by important rules,” and pointed out specific safety features in the theater, including fire sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers.
“If the lights go out in this building right now, there are these little lights – you see them on the wall, they have back-up batteries in them,” Perry added. “And what will happens is, it will light your way out of the darkness.”
Perry may not have realized that his examples of building and life safety are direct references to NFPA 101, but it’s rewarding and important to have these potentially life-saving provisions, which work to protect people each and every day (often without them even knowing it), publicly recognized at an event that’s attended by thousands of celebrities and fans, and watched by millions more.
Thank you, Mr. Perry, for your support of public safety, and congratulations on all your efforts to end homelessness and support civil rights issues!