The 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.
For more information or to join the coalition, contact Chair Keith Flood at 203-937-3710.
Child Killed in New Home Following Comments That 'Fire Deaths Only Happen in Older Homes'
A six-year-old girl from Plainfield died in a September 2016 fire in a home built only months ago. Her mother is in serious condition. 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.
Advocacy groups, including Common Voices, are taking a stand to end these tragedies. "Enough is enough, and it's time for Connecticut to acknowledge the dangers of fire with proactive code adoption that includes fire sprinklers," says advocate Sher Grogg. For more on this tragedy, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
A Home Run: Coalition Promotes Fire Sprinklers at Baseball Games
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.
Sprinkler Demonstrations Get Public's Attention
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:
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.
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.