Fire Prevention Week (FPW) in SC culminates with side-by-side burn at Lancaster Safety Fair

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Oct 19, 2011

NFPA teamed up with the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition, South Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Association (SC FALSE), and the Lancaster Fire Department to increase awareness of the power of fire and the difference a fire sprinkler makes.  

The eighteenth annual Lancaster County Safety Fair was held on Saturday, October 15. But this year, it marked the end of FPW with a side-by-side burn demonstration. "Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it," says Les Woods, President of the SC FALSE. He adds; "With our side-by-side comparison, we can show both the danger of fire and the value of having a fire sprinkler system installed."

Approximately 150 families with children were present for the demonstration. All who attended were provided PFW general fire safety educational materials and home fire sprinkler specific materials. When I spoke with a firefighter's wife who was present she told me; "I wish these were installed in all the homes my husband goes to fight fire; it would make me sleep better at night."

Just because FPW is over doesn’t mean that SC FALSE is going to stop providing community awareness on the benefits of fire sprinklers. There are two more side-by-side burn demonstration events at different locations in October, and one more planned in November.

What are you going to do beyond FPW to educate your community about home fire sprinklers? Share your thoughts and ideas here with us.

To obtain resources for ongoing community education visit NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Safety Information site. To obtain a side-by-side burn demonstration kit and other free educational materials, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s website.

Maria Figueroa