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July 2012 FSI newsletter


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July 2012
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The fire safety problem with lightweight construction
It was a tragedy that saddened an entire New York community, and reignited a debate about the fire safety of new homes built with lightweight construction materials. In May, four family members died in their unsprinklered home in Caramel, NY. The incident has prompted a debate on popular, lightweight construction used in newer homes that homebuilders say has superior qualities over conventional building materials. What's causing concern, however, is the rapid rate at which these materials seem to burn.

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Sprinkler legislation update
Over the past few months, legislation was introduced in several states, intended to prevent the requirement for home fire sprinklers. Some bills passed, others failed, and we witnessed a significant victory for sprinklers in Maryland. Catch up on all of the sprinkler legislative news from across the United States.
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Fire departments: help dispel Hollywood movie myths about sprinklers
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has introduced a new series of three public service announcements (PSAs) spoofing Hollywood myths and is looking to partner with fire departments to spread the message. HFSC is offering a $1,000 stipend to help fire departments customize the PSAs with logos and contact information and have them placed on local TV stations, news websites and movie theaters.
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Helping homeowners understand fire sprinklers
A new video, narrated by California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, is helping educate homeowners who are living in homes protected with fire sprinklers. The project, a joint effort of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the fire marshal's office, teaches the public how fire sprinklers work, how to maintain them, and dispels common myths. All new homes in California are required to have fire sprinklers installed.
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Teaching the facts about home fire sprinklers
Meredith Hawes is a fire and life safety public educator in Traverse City, MI. In this “Faces of Fire” feature, listen as Meredith explains how she teaches her community about home fire sprinklers. Some people believe common myths about sprinklers, she says, but change their minds once they learn the truth.
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Illinois kicks-up efforts to require home fire sprinklers
A two-pronged approach to requiring fire sprinklers in all new homes in Illinois is underway. Led by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, the effort includes both adopting sprinkler requirements at the community level as well as a state initiative to adopt the 2012 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, which includes the requirement. Currently, 78 municipalities and fire protection districts in Illinois require residential fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.
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Should the market drive changes to safety codes?
Lawmakers in Bloomington, IL, have rejected a requirement for mandatory sprinkler installation in new homes, opting instead for the “mandatory option” pushed by the local home builder's association. One builder claims customers are turned off by the cost, but a Bloomington planning official doesn't think builders are working very hard to market sprinkler systems, but pushing other home improvements like granite countertops. What do you think?
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Kitchen fire extinguished by sprinklers before firefighters arrive
When firefighters responded to a recent early-morning kitchen fire in Brooklyn Park (MN), they found that it had already been extinguished by the home's fire sprinkler system. Occupants of the home escaped safely, but without a sprinkler system, this fire could have resulted in tragedy. More than one of every three (36%) fatal fire victims never wakes up before being injured.
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