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:
Local Politicians, Fire Officials, and Water Purveyors Get Schooled on Sprinklers
The coalition, NFPA, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) hosted an educational event in West Haven on December 1, 2015, for more than 100 of the state's fire service, building officials, and water purveyors tasked with overseeing and protecting the state's water supply. Since members of these groups tend to have misconceptions about sprinkler operation and performance, event organizers got them in one room to hash out their concerns and learn how sprinklers can be a viable option in all new homes. During the event, coalition Chair Keith Flood (pictured center) was honored by NFPA's Tim Travers (left) and NFSA's David LaFond for his work in spreading the sprinkler message across Connecticut. For an overview of the event, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Legislation Aims to Sprinkler New Homes
A legislative bill introduced in 2016 would require fire sprinklers in new, two-family homes. Check this site often for updates on this bill.
Sprinkler Demonstrations Get Public's Attention
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.
October 2014: The coalition officially announces itself to the public during an event that included this fire sprinkler demonstration:
Produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), this 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.
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.