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November 2012 FSI newsletter

 

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November 2012
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Free educational program for water purveyors
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has developed Understanding Water Supply for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems, funded by a FEMA grant. The program includes a DVD that provides an overview of residential sprinkler systems and full explanation of water supply, connections and usage. It features several local fire and water officials who share their own experience with the systems. A detailed brochure complements the information. “Misinformation within the water industry results in unnecessary and costly sprinkler add-ons and unfair fees,” says HFSC President Gary Keith. “These are great turnkey tools for the fire service, water suppliers and local officials,” added HFSC Communications Manager Peg Paul.

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The facts about water supply requirements
Water supply requirements for sprinklers are not well understood and often are not accurately presented. That's due in large part to groups working to prevent the adoption of state and local residential fire sprinkler requirements, which often quote erroneous claims that home fire sprinkler systems require complicated public water supply connections and increase demand for water services.
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Florida builder offers free fire sprinklers in all homes he builds
Sam Davis, president/CEO of Island Harbor Construction in Cape Coral, FL, offers a free fire sprinkler system in all new homes he builds. When someone asks him about fire sprinklers, he tells them, “You can spend a fortune on appliances, cabinets and granite countertops but those things will do nothing to protect your family against a fire.” Mr. Davis says that the benefit to his company is that they are actively promoting a system that will save lives.
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Greg Rogers talks about the benefits of home fire sprinklers
“As I watched a multi-million dollar home and two other homes burn on live TV this week, I continue to wonder why the citizens and the fire service do not stand for something different. The sad fact is a multi-million dollar house burns to the ground makes the headlines; the fact that we could save millions dollars with home fire sprinklers does not even make the news!” Greg Rogers is chair of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
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Fire Power Revisited: One more free tool for your toolbox
In 1986, NFPA created the award-winning video - Fire Power - which takes a firsthand look at the deadly dynamics of fire from ignition to full room involvement. Much has changed since Fire Power was produced. What has not changed is the awesome power of fire. Recently, NFPA revisited a few of the original scenes to talk about the dramatic footage and the role home fire sprinklers play in saving lives and property.
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Cooking remains top cause of home fires
According to a new NFPA report, cooking remains the top cause of home structure fires. Based on research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the report also cited that cooking was the number one cause of home structure fires, both reported and unreported. It is crucial to understand that although there were more fires starting in the kitchen, smoking materials are still the leading cause of home fire deaths.
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Peg Paul shares her personal experience with fire sprinklers
“As the communications manager for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, my husband and I decided to protect our family from fire and retrofit our home with a fire sprinkler system 11 years ago. I felt that same relief when I learned that my youngest daughter, who is now a freshman at the University of Arizona and a resident of Pueblo de la Cienega Hall, was protected by a fire sprinkler system during an early morning fire.”
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Case study: Adopting a residential fire sprinkler ordinance in Kenmore, WA
Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal for the Northshore (WA) Fire Department, says that the adoption of a fire sprinkler ordinance in residential occupancies can be a long and difficult process. The first step in the process is to become extremely knowledgeable about these systems. Developing a network of resources and experts in the field will pay substantial dividends throughout the education and adoption process.
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Vernon Hills 82nd community in Illinois to require home fire sprinklers
Vernon Hills, IL, updated its fire and building codes to include fire sprinkler protection in all new one- and two-family home construction. The update, which occurred as North American communities observed Fire Prevention Week, makes Vernon Hills the 82nd jurisdiction in Illinois to require home fire sprinklers. Two subsequent adoptions now make a total of 84 communities in Illinois that require home fire sprinklers.
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Nevada firefighters conduct side-by-side burn
Firefighters conducted a side-by-side live burn in the parking lot of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center to demonstrate the many benefits of home fire sprinklers. Robert Villegas, public information officer for State Farm said that Nevada residents who are insured with State Farm receive a 10 percent discount for homes protected by fire sprinklers.
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