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.
Coalition Shows Support for Life-Saving Sprinkler Bill
Members of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition joined State Representative Ruth Balser (third from left) at the Massachusetts State House in 2016 to show their support for a bill that would give local towns the option to sprinkler its new homes. Joining Balser was (from left) Dave LaFond with the National Fire Sprinkler Association; Mary Regan, coalition chair; and Tim Travers with the National Fire Protection Association.
Town Council Passes Sprinkler Ordinance
Fire sprinklers must be installed in all new, multi-unit dwellings in the town of Palmer, per a municipal ordinance passed by the town's city council in 2015. The action followed a home fire that killed a resident in a 20-unit apartment building in February 2015. Existing boarding, lodging, and rooming houses with more than five units must install sprinklers within five years, according to the new ordinance.
Local TV Commercials Highlight Home Fire Sprinklers!
The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition has sponsored TV ads underscoring the state's home fire problem. The ads aired on a local ABC affiliate and encourages fire sprinkler protection in new homes.
Coalition Assists with Sprinkler Installation
NFPA has collaborated with the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the South Shore Habitat for Humanity to sprinkler two, three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath homes in Hanover. NFPA President Jim Pauley took part in assisting professionals with the September 2014 installation. For more information about the event, watch the following video:
Fires in Massachusetts
In the last decade, there have been more than 57,000 fires in one- and two-family homes in Massachusetts. These fires:
- killed more than 200 people.
- injured more than 2,200 firefighters and 1,400 civilians.
- caused more than $829 million in property loss.
Download the coalition's fact sheet to learn more about Massachusetts house fires and the impact of residential sprinklers.
Massachusetts fire organizations that support fire sprinklers in new homes
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is a leading resource for accurate, noncommercial information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers, the fire service, builders, and other professionals. HFSC offers free educational materials
about home fire sprinkler systems, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation.