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Connecticut Fire Sprinkler CoalitionThe Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the state of Connecticut. The coalition actively works to educate stakeholder groups on residential fire sprinklers and collaborates with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to residential fire sprinkler requirements.


Act now in support of home fire sprinklers

To join the coalition or for more information, contact Chair Keith Flood at 203-937-3710.


Members of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition show their support for home fire sprinklers by showcasing them during a live burn/fire sprinkler demo


Coalition Firmly Supports Inclusion of Fire Sprinklers in New Building Code

2017 Connecticut fire sprinkler demonstration

2017 live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration in Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut is currently updating its building code. Members of the coalition are recommending the state's Codes and Standards Committee to embrace the solution to the state's home fire problem by adopting a model building code requirement to sprinkler all new homes. The coalition has based its recommendation on findings outlined in a new position paper. Download the paper to read the facts on home fire sprinklers. For more information on this code update, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


Coalition, NFPA Host News Conference Following Child Fire Death in New Home

A six-year-old girl from Plainfield died in a September 2016 fire in a home built only months prior. The incident negates persistent claims made by fire sprinkler opponents that smoke alarms and other safety features “offer adequate protection from fire” and home fire sprinklers are not necessary since “today’s fire deaths and injuries are happening in older homes.” The Connecticut home had at least one working smoke alarm, according to news reports. Moreover, had this home’s construction followed requirements found in all U.S. model building codes—specifically, a requirement to sprinkler new dwellings that has appeared in every edition of these codes since 2009—it should have been sprinklered. 

The coalition joined the National Fire Protection Association at a news conference in October 2016 to underscore the recent tragedy and refusal of state decision makers to require home fire sprinklers. (The coalition also took out a full-page ad in the Hartford Courant to underscore this tragedy.) "Inaction by our state’s decision makers has led to another tragedy," said coalition Chair Keith Flood. "We need them to finally start embracing home fire sprinklers and stop listening to the rhetoric by local fire sprinkler opponents. Now is the time to bolster laws that will lead to safer homes for future generations.” Read a write-up of the event, and watch the following news clip: 


A Home Run: Coalition Promotes Fire Sprinklers at Baseball Games

In 2016, the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition produced a banner for Dodd Stadium in Norwich

The coalition created this banner, which is currently displayed at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, home of the Connecticut Tigers. The banner compares the speed of today's fires with the quick impact of home fire sprinklers. The banner and related video announcement was viewed by more than 50,000 attendees at the stadium's baseball games and other events. 


Sprinkler Demonstrations Get Public's Attention

The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition hosted a burn/fire sprinkler demonstration in Cheshire

June 2016: The coalition showcased the rapid spread of today's home fires during a demonstration in Cheshire. Using two identical structures (one with fire sprinklers, one without), the demonstration underscored how residents have less than two minutes to safely escape a home fire. Home fire sprinklers give residents the necessary time to seek safety. "There's nothing like the heat and smoke of a real fire to help adults and children understand just how fast a home fire is," said coalition chair Keith Flood. 

October 2015: Nearly 300 people attended a live burn/sprinkler demonstration at Ambler Farms in Wilton, Connecticut. The event underscored the fierceness of today's home fires and the live-saving impact of fire sprinklers. Narrating the event was Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Keith Flood. Members of the University of New Haven Fire Science Club were on hand to create the burn structures and provide logistical support.

May 2015: A program appearing on West Hartford Community Television highlighted another fire sprinkler demonstration. Interviewed at the event were local fire and public officials as well as Connecticut residents.


Local Builder Learns the Truth About Home Fire Sprinklers

The homebuilding industry tends to have the biggest misconceptions about home fire sprinklers. All it took for Connecticut builder John Dempsey to change his tune on these devices was a conversation with local sprinkler advocates. Dempsey discusses how a fire sprinkler installation at one of his homes underscored the ease and affordability of these devices and dispelled the many myths he has heard about cost and operation: 


The Home Fire Problem in Connecticut

Over a 15-year period (2002-2016), Connecticut experienced:

nearly 180 civilian fire deaths

close to 1,300 civilian fire injuries

an estimated $430 million in property loss


Resources

  • The coalition has produced a 12-page guide underscoring everything you need to know about home fire sprinklers. Please download and use this resource to help promote this life-saving technology. 
  • Produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), the following video gives a detailed overview of how home fire sprinkler systems utilize water supply. Watch the other videos in this series by visiting the HFSC site.


Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

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.