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September 2012 FSI newsletter

Fire Sprinkler Initiative News

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September 2012
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Sprinkler task force highlights teamwork, stakeholder education in California
California is one of two states to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Early on in the process, the Office of the State Fire Marshal brought together stakeholders in order to ease the implementation of the requirement. A task force was created comprising members of the fire service, building and public health officials, water purveyors, as well as state and national organizations. A comprehensive report issued by the task force includes recommendations, including the importance of collaboration and buy-in from water purveyors, which are critical in the home fire sprinkler effort.

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New home protected by sprinklers to help twin brothers escape fire
Amy and Christopher Murray of Northbridge, MA hosted an open house in conjunction with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Northbridge Fire Department to give tours of their new home and point out one of its most important safety features: home fire sprinklers. Amy Murray says sprinklers gives her much needed peace of mind because their twin sons live with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy which would make it difficult for them and their family to escape a home fire.
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New report: Fire Loss in the United States
A new NFPA report, which contains an overview of the U.S. fire experience in 2011, can help you make the case for home fire sprinklers in your community. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,389,500 fires in 2011, resulting in 3,005 civilian fire fatalities, 17,500 civilian fire injuries, and an estimated $11,659,000,000 in direct property loss. There was a civilian fire death every 208 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in 2011. Home fires caused 2,520, or 84%, of the civilian fire deaths.
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Telling stories to demonstrate the need for sprinklers
“Faces of Fire” is an NFPA campaign designed to put a face on the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers. With funding from the U.S. Fire Administration, this campaign features real people telling personal stories to demonstrate the need for home fire sprinklers. Meet some of our “Faces of Fire”.
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HFSC grant will help fire departments educate consumers
A new grant received by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition will be used to help local fire departments conduct more educational outreach and to increase consumer interest in the life safety benefits of home sprinklers. The award will also supplement HFSC's efforts to dispel common myths and encourage homeowners to ask for sprinklers. HFSC will also offer other grant-funded materials to members of the Built for Life Fire Department® Program.
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Letter to the editor underscores need for home fire sprinklers
Russell Fleming, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, recently wrote a letter to the editor regarding the dangers of lightweight construction when exposed to fire, the problems of new home furnishings adding to the danger, and the importance of fire sprinklers to offset these dangers. The letter underscores the need to adopt model codes that contain fire sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family dwellings.
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Time to gear up for 2013 legislative session
Sprinkler opponents have pushed state legislation that would prevent communities from implementing any new sprinkler mandates in one- and two-family homes. It's never too early for home fire sprinkler advocates to start “walking the halls” to educate legislators. Arm yourself with statistics and reports to debunk the opponents' arguments and provide policy-makers with the facts. Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website and obtain the resources needed to engage your legislators.
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Harwood Heights, IL considers sprinkler requirement
The Village of Harwood Heights, IL could become the 80th community in the state to require fire sprinkler systems in all new home construction, as local officials consider updating the residential construction code. Illinois currently leads the nation in the number of local adoptions. The fire service and other home fire sprinkler advocates are working together to educate public officials and the community at large on the many benefits of home fire sprinklers.
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Fort Wayne fire officials push for home sprinklers
Firefighters encourage sprinklers in homes, saying smoke alarms give you early warning, but sprinkler systems will put a fire out sometimes even before the smoke alarm activates. That's how effective they can be, Captain Dave Meadows of the Fort Wayne (IN) Fire Department told a local TV station. He says new homes should absolutely include this life-saving protection.
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Vote in our 'The Big Test' video contest with LEGOLAND Florida
NFPA and LEGOLAND® Florida recently asked the public to submit a video that highlights their friends and families doing their best rendition of the song, “Put the Wet Stuff on the Hot Stuff” from The Big Test show at LEGOLAND Florida. Now it's your turn to vote for your favorite video. You can vote once per day through September 28.
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                                nationwide effort to increase the use of home fire sprinklers through
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