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  • December 2015  
    Survivor of one of America's worst fire disasters lends his voice to sprinkler cause; groundbreaking report sheds light on sprinklered homes, homeowners; injured on the job, firefighter takes firm stance on fire sprinkler bill
  • November 2015
    Research shows homes fires still a deadly threat; state sprinkler requirement under attack; new video series tackles the myths behind NFPA 13D
  • October 2015
    The rising concern over lightweight construction and today's modern furnishings under fire; father and sons die in home fire days after an appeals court overturns state sprinkler requirement; sprinkler demonstrations all the rage during Fire Prevention Week
  • September 2015
    Safety advocates fire back at media's false claims on sprinklers; New York Times underscores housing boom in a state requiring sprinklers; the seven benefits of sprinklers you and others need to know
  • August 2015
    What can we learn from a country that will sprinkler all of its new homes?; new law demands homebuilder action on home fire sprinklers; town considers sprinkler ordinance following success of one its communities
  • July 2015 
    Firefighter and his family tell heartbreaking story of home fire with lasting impact; decision-makers discover the horrors of fire; record-breaking fire chief now has his own forum for sprinkler advocacy 
  • June 2015  
    Advocates receive up to $10,000 to initiate sprinkler efforts; sprinkler installation cost a scorching topic during radio show; following daughter's fire death, father takes action on sprinkler legislation
  • May 2015   
    Fire chief: Where is the national outrage over the fire death of a two-year-old in a new home?; how a developer cost-effectively sprinklered an entire community; builder sued for failure to follow sprinkler requirement
  • April 2015
    Advocates push for increased safety at home following fire claiming seven children; Who is dying in today's home fires?; "Sprinkler installation will price out homebuyers!" What a farce, says sprinkler advocate
  • March 2015 
    Free money to fund local sprinkler efforts now available; New Jersey State Assembly and Senate pass sprinkler bill; when choosing a water supply for sprinklers, which is best?
  • February 2015
    A compelling advocate rises from tragedy; Maine fire marshal gets frank about sprinkler opposition; future homebuilders get schooled on safety; fire sprinkler bills filed in New Jersey and Connecticut
  • January 2015
    New sprinkler requirement takes effect in Minnesota; homebuilders "misinformed" about home fire sprinklers; elected official initiates sprinkler ordinance after hearing perfect pitch


  • December 2014 
    Home fire deaths decline in a state requiring sprinklers; has the fire service fully embraced sprinklers?; "Sprinklers are costly!" Not so, says a homebuilder who has placed them in his home.
  • November 2014
    Summit invigorates push for home fire sprinkler requirements; father and daughter's tragic home fire deaths lead to safer rebuild and sprinkler lesson; how to initiate meaningful dialogue with homebuilders.
  • October 2014 
    Sprinkler advocates spotlight lightweight construction dangers; regional summit energizes sprinkler advocacy efforts; firefighter death adds poignancy to launch of new sprinkler coalition.
  • September 2014
    Fire chief bucks at sprinkler naysayers and initiates landmark ordinance; fire safety advocates slam new report questioning home fire sprinkler requirements; tragedy hits Missouri as mayor dies in house fire.
  • August 2014 
    Minnesota requires sprinklers in certain homes; college thesis shoots down arguments made by residential sprinkler opponents; NFPA sprinkler expert gives the scoop on freeze protection; burn survivor doesn't comprehend logic behind sprinkler pushback.
  • July 2014
    Get ready for the sprinklered home of the future; promote home fire sprinklers by joining or starting a sprinkler coalition; house fire that kills seven, including three children, reignites push for sprinkler requirements.
  • June 2014
    Radio series underscores the perils of lightweight construction; Elderly couple perishes in house fire following a vote to exclude residential sprinklers; Op-Ed: Sprinklers are safety features and should not be equated with leather seats.
  • May 2014
    Sprinkler advocates share strategies for success at NFPA summit; driving force behind successful advocacy efforts honored with Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award; Burn survivor's harrowing past leads to safer future; Minnesota governor outraged by anti-sprinkler legislation.
  • April 2014
    Updated presentation on lightweight construction dangers and furniture flammability now available; Same-day house fires result in starkly different outcomes; First municipality in Ontario requires sprinklers; Once a sprinkler opponent, now a sprinkler advocate.
  • March 2014
    Study: No matter a home's construction material, sprinkler systems save lives and property; DHS investigates fire safety concerns of "green" buildings; Deadly rise in home fires in Minneapolis prompts push for sprinklers.
  • February 2014
    Editorial: Politicians fiddle with laws as buildings burn; Minnesota fire chief speaks out on sprinkler requirements; One step closer to residential sprinkler requirements; Home fire sprinklers: Where to start?
  • January 2014
    Won't back down; Home fire sprinklers a top priority for NFPA; The "green" benefits of sprinklers; Sprinklers: Why should firefighters care? \


  • December 2011
    See what happens when a house is burning and the fire department is on its way; NFPA and Massachusetts fire service rally at the State House for fire sprinklers; sprinkler bill moves out of NJ Assembly committee; Maryland adopts new code updates that require sprinklers
  • November 2011 
    Massachusetts fire officials and NFPA protest the state's new building code which omits the provision to require home fire sprinklers in new construction; a new report looks at fire fatalities and property loss in Pennsylvania homes; NFPA welcomes sprinkler advocate Jeff Hudson to its staff.
  • October 2011 
    Watch the new "Faces of Fire" video featuring a home builder in Canada who promotes the use of residential sprinklers; AirTran's in-flight magazine features a home fire sprinkler ad
  • September 2011
    Read the results of recent NFPA surveys that gauged understanding of the U.S. fire problem and the life saving role sprinklers play; a Marlyand sprinkler save is highlighted
  • August 2011 
    Read the updated sprinkler resolution passed by the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations-International; a survey on fire sprinklers is held at the National Conference of State Legislators
  • July 2011 
    Watch a video of NFPA President Jim Shannon's impassioned speech responding to anti-sprinkler legislation and challenges facing supporters of sprinkler requirements. Also, an interview with NFPA's Maria Figueroa and HFSC's Peg Paul regarding home sprinkler misconceptions
  • June 2011 
    Read the new report on the U.S. experience with fire sprinklers which features statistics on how often sprinklers are reported in fires, by property use, and their estimated impact in reducing the average loss of life and property per fire. Also, legislation progress throughout the country is featured
  • May 2011
    Watch a video from one of many side-by-side demonstrations proving the life saving power of fire sprinklers; Guy Santelli, a fire inspector in Wisconsin who built his new home with sprinklers, is featured in a "Faces of Fire" video
  • April 2011 
    Watch NFPA senior engineer Matt Klaus talk about the new Tentative Interim Amendments regarding antifreeze in sprinkler systems; Tonya Hoover, Acting State Fire Marshal in California, is featured in a new "Faces of Fire" video
  • March 2011
    A Pennsylvania newspaper rejects an NFPA ad that supports home sprinkler requirements; new "Faces of Fire" video features Anne Mazzolo, whose home was saved by fire sprinklers
  • February 2011
    Firefighters rally in support of Pennsylvania sprinkler requirements; Meredith Hawes, a public educator for the Traverse City (MI) Metro Fire Department, is the focus of our "Faces of Fire" project
  • January 2011
    Watch a new "Faces of Fire" video featuring a legislative sprinkler success in California; photos from a side-by-side sprinkler demonstration in Orlando


  • December 2010
    Irv and Cathy Bailey lost two grandchildren in a Christmas 2009 house fire; test your home fire sprinkler IQ
  • November 2010
    New "Faces of Fire" campaign puts a face on the need for home fire sprinklers; new report looks at incentives for the use of sprinklers in U.S. communities
  • October 2010
    Fire departments show the difference sprinklers can make; New NFPA report: "U.S. Experience with Sprinklers and Other Fire Extinguishing Equipment"
  • September 2010 
    NFPA chief engineer talks about antifreeze issue; New report looks at sprinkler performance in homes with sloped and beamed ceilings
  • August 2010 
    Additional testing completed on antifreeze in residential sprinkler systems; Ten tips: use op-eds to make your case
  • July 2010 
    NFPA issues safety alert regarding antifreeze in residential sprinklers; Award to honor fire chief for local sprinkler efforts
  • June 2010 
    New map tracks anti-sprinkler legislation; Michigan demonstration illustrates need for home sprinklers
  • May 2010 
    Advocates push for sprinkler acceptance, adoption; Debunking the "new homes are safer" argument
  • April 2010
    NFPA receives grant to develop fire service resources for sprinkler campaign; Live-fire demonstrations raise awareness
  • March 2010 
    States make gains, but legislative threats to home sprinklers remain on horizon; How are communities using incentives to support sprinklers?
  • February 2010 
    Are home fire sprinkler opponents threatening safety in your state?; Debunking arguments against home sprinklers
  • January 2010 
    States say "yes" to sprinkler requirements; Initial results of sprinkler impact study to be released in Las Vegas


  • December 2009 
    Podcast, report demonstrate sprinkler benefit; NFPA endorses campaign urging residents to install smoke alarms and sprinklers
  • November 2009 
    Sprinkler provision to remain in the next edition of IRC; Study shows ease of integrating sprinklers with local water supply systems
  • October 2009 
    New report shows benefits of home fire sprinkler; New research study to help determine if fire sprinklers are "green"
  • September 2009 
    Support needed to keep sprinkler provision in the IRC; Map of ordinances added to Fire Sprinkler Initiative® website
  • August 2009 
    Opponents use misleading percentages on survival and death; USFA supports requirements for sprinklers in all new residential construction
  • July 2009 
    New study shows that sprinkler requirements are not detrimental to housing starts; Lightweight construction in newer homes hazardous to firefighters
  • June 2009 
    Live burns demonstrate life-saving technology; Extreme Home Makeover features top of the line fire protection in recent build
  • May 2009 
    Fire organizations stand together; Sprinkler costs
  • April 2009 
    The case for home fire sprinklers; Big win in fight against anti-sprinkler legislation