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June 2012 FSI newsletter


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June 2012
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Insurance group urges policy-makers to support home sprinklers
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) is urging policymakers to support residential standards that call for installing sprinkler systems in all new one- and two- family homes. Institute CEO Julie Rochman says some lawmakers may be apprehensive of sprinklers. “There are people who are a little afraid of new technology, perhaps don't understand how sophisticated it is, how well it works, and how efficient it is,” she said.

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Burn survivor takes on sprinkler advocacy role in Pennsylvania
Liz Dideon Hess, a clinical social worker and survivor of a home grease fire, has become an outspoken advocate for fire sprinklers in her home state of Pennsylvania. “I realized how important our survivor voice was when some leaders explained that they thought of the sprinkler mandate as a property-saving measure (and it is) and had never considered the impact of home fire sprinklers on saving lives and preventing injuries,” she said.
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Sprinkler system proves its worth in Habitat for Humanity home
A group of volunteers in Wilmington, NC, led by Fire Captain Kenneth Bogan are working to equip Habitat for Humanity homes with fire sprinkler systems. To date, 32 homes in the city have been equipped with sprinklers. Their work has already paid off: a fire started in the bedroom of a Habitat home but was quickly extinguished by the sprinkler system. There was little damage and all occupants escaped safely.
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Lawmakers in Frostburg, MD, OK sprinkler mandate and homeowner incentives
The mayor and city council of Frostburg, MD, have unanimously approved a home fire sprinkler mandate for new homes with an attractive package of incentives for homeowners. Effective July 1, 2012, the incentives include a $1,000 reimbursement on the standard water connection fee and a reduction in real estate taxes for three years. A recent study shows that incentives are likely to offset 1/3 of the cost of a home fire sprinkler system.
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Council votes to keep fire sprinklers requirements in South Carolina construction code
Following a contentious 12-hour debate, the South Carolina Building Code Council voted 6-3 in favor of keeping the home fire sprinkler requirement in the state's residential construction code, defeating efforts by the Home Builder's Association to weaken safety provisions in the code.
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One thousand attend sprinkler demonstration in Myrtle Beach
A side-by-side burn demonstration was held during the annual conference of the South Carolina State Firefighter Association earlier this month, showcasing the power of residential sprinklers. During the event, flashover occurred in the unsprinklered room at 2 minutes and 49 seconds, illustrating the amount of time home occupants would have to escape before the fire became deadly.
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How to advocate for home fire sprinklers
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative works to provide you with the resources you need to convince local governments to require fire sprinklers in all new homes. If you've not visited our website lately, check out our tips for how to build an effective coalition, and ideas on how you can most effectively communicate with lawmakers about the sprinkler issue. Have suggestions you'd like to share with other advocates? We'd love to hear from you.
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