Burn survivors are using their voice to champion for sprinklers
NFPA's sprinkler experts and Amy Acton with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors explain why the voices of burn survivors are important tools in the push for home fire sprinkler requirements.
New homeowners in Northbridge, Massachusetts, become vocal sprinkler advocates
Amy and Christopher Murray of Northbridge, Mass., hosted an open house in conjunction with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the Northbridge Fire Department to give tours of their new home and point out one of its most important and necessary safety features – home fire sprinklers. More than 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in homes. According to Amy Murray, the addition of home fire sprinklers gives her much needed peace of mind because their nine-year-old sons live with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy which would make it difficult for them and their family to escape a home fire.
Amy and Christopher Murray spoke to a group of community members, fire service, contractors, and others gathered outside of their home to highlight what having fire sprinklers means to them. Speaking at the event was Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, a strong advocate for changing the Massachusetts state building code to require home fire sprinklers in newly constructed homes; Northbridge Fire Chief Gary Nestor; and NFPA's Tim Travers.
Tim Travers of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) explains some of the benefits of having a home fire sprinkler system.