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January 2012 FSI newsletter

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January 2012
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Homebuilder becomes sprinkler advocate
For years, Canadian homebuilder Murray Pound rejected home fire sprinklers based on notions of exorbitant cost and installation hassles. Now he's an outspoken sprinkler advocate on a mission to dispel the myths. He's also one of the latest additions to NFPA's "Faces of Fire" campaign. NFPA Journal® talks to Murray about his advocacy efforts, the Canadian viewpoint on sprinklers, and the misconceptions about home fire sprinklers affecting his peers across the globe.

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Fire underscores the case for sprinklers in Massachusetts
A condo fire that was extinguished by a residential sprinkler — before the local fire department even left the station — demonstrates the need for sprinkler requirements. A state board is deliberating a proposal to allow home fire sprinklers in new construction.
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New Jersey coalition jump starts sprinkler bill
A bill (A1570) requiring fire protection sprinkler systems in all one- and two-family home construction has been prefiled for the 2012-2013 legislative session in New Jersey. During the last legislative session, a similar bill was passed by the Assembly, but its sister bill died in the Senate committee.
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The dangers of too much stuff
Compulsive hoarding isn't new, but a growing awareness of the problem — and changing public attitudes toward it — may allow firefighters to play a significant role in recognizing and even ameliorating dangerous hoarding situations. Has hoarding impacted fire safety in your community?
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New Hampshire home saved by sprinkler
A kitchen fire in a single story dwelling in Nashua was quickly extinguished by the home's fire sprinkler system. The grease fire was kept in check thanks to the fire suppression system. There were no injuries. Do you have information about a home fire sprinkler save? Please share it with us.
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Report will study impact of sprinklers in reducing fire injuries
A significant amount of statistical data has been collected and analyzed showing the impact of home fire sprinklers in reducing rates per fire of fire deaths and property damage. A new Fire Protection Research Foundation project will look at the impact that sprinklers have on fire injuries.
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Dispelling myths about home fire sprinklers
Some opponents claim that water damage caused by a home sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage. The truth is that, on average, home fire sprinkler systems use about eight times less water than fire hoses.
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Join us in Las Vegas
NFPA's Conference & Expo will be held in Las Vegas, June 11-14. We'll offer an unrivaled educational conference with an expo of more than 360 solution providers. We'll also be featuring an entire conference track devoted to suppression systems.
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About the Fire Sprinkler Initiative NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative(R) Bringing Safety Home is a nationwide effort to increase the use of home fire sprinklers through the adoption of sprinkler requirements in new construction. Our web site provides resources for the fire service and other advocates who want to demonstrate the need for home fire sprinklers.  National Fire Protection Association. One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA  02169-7471.