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British Columbia Fire Sprinkler Initiative

The British Columbia Fire Sprinkler Initiative is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary initiative is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers and actively educates stakeholder groups about the life-saving aspect of these devices. The initiative also collaborates with local fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to installing fire sprinklers in the province's new homes.

For more information about the coalition, contact Shayne Mintz. 


The Home Fire Problem in British Columbia

Home fires are a major problem in New Hamsphire

Home fires are frequent, and deadly. According to the report, "Life Safety Systems, Fire Department Intervention, and Residential Fire Outcomes: Analysis of BC Fire Incident Reports, 1988-2015," there were more than 42,000 reported home fires resulting in more than 4,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths. The study concluded that: 

  • smoke alarms or fire sprinklers were not present in almost three-quarters of home fires, and these fires resulted in more than 80 percent of deaths during the 28-year period
  • there is a "marked reduction" in deaths and injuries from fire in sprinklered residences when compared to fires in unsprinklered buildings
  • the presence of either smoke alarms or home fire sprinklers reduces the fire-related death rate

Insurance Group Backs Home Fire Sprinklers

The Co-Operators, a Canadian insurance company that vocally supports home fire sprinklers, has partnered with the National Fire Protection Association to produce the following video on this technology. The video describes the role sprinklers can play in creating resilient communities, the truth behind common sprinkler misconceptions, and how sprinklers can safeguard firefighters, especially in rural communities:


Province Passes Fire Sprinkler Requirement for Certain Residences

 A new law requires fire sprinklers on the balconies of new, four-storey wood-frame residential buildings. The requirement applies to building permits filed on or after July 20, 2017. The requirement is applicable for new residences fitting the criteria as well as structures involving alterations, repairs, or a demolition. For more information, visit the British Columbia government site. 


Are Children Waking to Smoke Alarms?

2017 research underscores children's lack of response to smoke alarms

A new study is shedding light on a lack of response to smoke alarms by children and reinforces the need for home fire sprinklers. The study by U.K. researchers confirms that children have difficulty waking up to the sound of a smoke alarm. In fact, more than 80 percent of the children (ages 2 to 13) studied slept through the sound. Read the full story. 


Fire Chief Supports Possible Fire Sprinkler Regulation 

Home fire sprinklers are a life-saving tool

Building on momentum taking place in support of sprinklering new homes, a possible regulation in British Columbia aims to give communities the option to make this feature a requirement. Fully supporting this regulation is Fire Chief Don Jolley with the Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue Services in British Columbia. His community has a sprinkler requirement for new homes. "I'm an advocate for fire sprinklers in all residential properties," says Jolley, also vice president of the Fire Chiefs' Association of British Columbia. "I think every place where people sleep should have a fire sprinkler." Watch the video for more information: 



New Study Underscores $7.6 Billion Loss From Home Fires

Conducted by Canada's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a new study has placed a dollar amount on potential years of lives lost and cost of fire deaths at home. Over a 14-year period: 

  • there was a collective loss of 24,051 years of life due to fire
  • the study concluded that these lives that were shortened or lost from fire cost the Canadian economy $7.6 billion  
  • the average cost to treat a burn patient averaged $85,000  

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition-Canada website is dedicated to educating Canadian residents and decision makers on the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homesThe Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC)-Canada 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 sprinklers, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation.