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Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition Home fire sprinklers save lives, protect property and create a safer fire scenario for firefighters. Every national model building code in this country includes the provision for fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. That means it is the minimum level of safety. Jurisdictions who choose to bypass this provision or amend it out of their codes are choosing to allow substandard housing to be built.

Fires in Massachusetts

  • In the last decade, there have been more than 54,000 fires in one and two family homes in Massachusetts.
  • These fires injured more than 2,300 firefighters and 1,500 civilians.
  • These fires caused more than $753 million in property loss.
  • 40% of all firefighter injuries happen in one and two family homes
  • 45% of all residential fires happen in one and two family homes
  • 60% of all residential fire deaths occur in one and two family homes

For more information on the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, contact coalition chair Mary Regan at 413-572-6330.

Fires in Massachusetts

  • In the last decade, there have been more than 54,000 fires in one- and two-family homes in Massachusetts.
  • These fires injured more than 2,300 firefighters and 1,500 civilians.
  • These fires caused more than $753 million in property loss.
  • 40 percent of all firefighter injuries happen in one- and two-family homes.
  • 45 percent of all residential fires happen in one- and two-family homes.
  • 60 percent of all residential fire deaths occur in one- and two-family homes.

Massachusetts fire organizations that support fire sprinklers in new homes

  • Massachusetts State Fire Marshal
  • Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
  • Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
  • Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters Association

Plumbers, gas fitters issue sprinkler installation guidelines

The Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters has issued guidelines for installation of NFPA 13D potable water (multipurpose) fire sprinkler systems. “Installation of said 13D systems, to include the installation of the sprinkler head, shall be, installed by licensed plumbers. A Massachusetts registered professional engineer shall design the potable water piping system in compliance with 248 CMR. Additionally, inspections are required by the plumbing inspector to assure compliance with 248 CMR.” Contact NFPA's Tim Travers for required training information. 



Rally, sprinkler demonstration held at NFPA headquarters

A fire totally destroys an unsprinklered room during a live, side-by-side demonstration at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA, on November 3, 2011. In the room outfitted with a single sprinkler head, the sprinkler activated after 20 seconds and quickly brought down the flames.