The California Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers through education and outreach. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the state of California.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact co-chair Jose Colin, 530-661-5859, or co-chair Jason Nailon, 760-403-3905.
Sprinkler Requirements in California
The California Building Standards Commission approved the State Fire Marshal's Building, Fire, and Residential Code adoption packages for the 2010 California Building Standards Codes at a 2010 hearing. A key component of the code adoption, which took effect on January 1, 2011, is the sprinklering of all new one-and two-family dwellings and townhouse construction statewide. Prior to the adoption, more than 150 jurisdictions in California had a local residential fire sprinkler ordinance. For more information, visit California's Office of the State Fire Marshal site.
Members in action: California Fire Sprinkler Coalition members attend a recent meeting in Sacramento.
Coalition Welcomes New Co-Chair
Assisting with keeping home fire sprinklers at the forefront of public consciousness is Jose Colin, the coalition's new co-chair. (He shares this role with Kevin Reinertson, deputy fire marshal with the Riverside County Fire Department.) As more sprinklers are installed in more California homes, educating homeowners about their performance and operation has been a key goal of the coalition. "We continue to get the word out to locals that we do exist, that we're here to help," he says. Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for a full interview with Colin.
Smokey Bear's Cabin Gets Sprinklered
Best known for his role in preventing wildfires, Smokey Bear is bringing his message of fire safety closer to home. Learn how the coalition's efforts led to the sprinklering of Smokey's Cabin, an exhibit during the California State Fair, by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
2015 Sprinkler Saves
Produced by the National Fire Sprinkler Association, this list highlights successful sprinkler activations in 2015 that have saved lives and reduced property damage.
Tips on How the Fire Service Can Communicate Home Fire Sprinklers to the Media
Since the fire service frequently speaks to the news media about residential fires, this group can also play a major role in communicating important information on home fire sprinklers. This guide provides key information to aid you in making the most of these teachable moments.
White Paper: Limit Local Amendments to Residential Sprinkler Requirements
Produced by the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition, this white paper examines sprinkler design and installation standards--particularly Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured HomesNFPA 13D, --and how add-ons and amendments can jeopardize these requirements and increase installation costs.
History of California Residential Fire Sprinklers
Key moments in California's sprinkler history, culminating with the statewide adoption of sprinkler requirements in one- and two-family dwellings
Developed by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, this video provides real estate professionals with important information about the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers, and useful tips for marketing a home protected by them.
For additional resources, visit the California Office of the State Fire Marshal's site.
- Arcadia Fire Department, Central County Fire Department, City of Orange Fire Department, Cosumnes CSD Fire Protection District, Desert Water Agency, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Elk Grove Building Department, Fountain Valley Fire Protection District, Glendale Building Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles Deptartment of Water and Power, Moreno Valley Fire Department, Napa Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority
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.