Recognizing 20 years of home sprinkler outreach and advocacy
October 26, 2016—A special issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), introduces readers to the people and organizations that have been instrumental in furthering home sprinkler usage across the country over the last 20 years.
With its theme of “Final Frontier: The challenge, success, and promise of the home fire sprinkler,” this commemorative edition of the magazine is tied to the 20th anniversary of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), of which NFPA is a founding member. The issue charts the major HFSC milestones associated with sprinkler education; provides readers with a comprehensive list of resources in community sprinkler adoption efforts; outlines the green benefits of installing home fire sprinklers; and includes a detailed look at how home sprinklers impact fire safety.
One of the lead stories, ”Residential Sprinklers: The Final Frontier,” written by Fred Durso Jr., communications manager for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, explores the history and life-saving potential of home fire sprinklers, and addresses the challenges and successes of adopting sprinkler requirements in new, one-and two-family homes.
Other features in the HFSC anniversary issue include:
- a brief history of HFSC’s efforts over the past two decades to educate stakeholders about the value of sprinkler installation;
- a look at the homebuilder perspective, and how sprinklers can represent a savvy business choice in a competitive industry;
- a conversation with a fire official in Scottsdale, Arizona, which has had a home sprinkler ordinance in place for 30 years;
- an overview of the fire service angle and how home sprinklers are invaluable allies in helping firefighters save lives and prevent property damage—and how sprinklers can also prevent firefighter deaths and injuries; and
- an update on how water purveyors around the country are embracing home fire sprinklers as valuable tools to preserve municipal water supplies.
In addition, the issue includes features and columns that further reinforce the home sprinkler message. “Sprinkler Voices,” a collection of short profiles on home sprinkler stakeholders, includes a conversation with the Allyn-Brittian family, who rebuilt with sprinklers after their Connecticut home was destroyed by fire. In “Perspectives,” Jeff Feid of State Farm and an HFSC board member talks about State Farm’s support of the coalition, and offers research to help empower families and their communities to live safer lives. In “Outreach,” NFPA’s Lorraine Carli explains that home sprinklers represent a reliable, proven, and affordable fire safety solution, and by adopting a unified voice, stakeholders and advocates can make home fire sprinklers as common as smoke alarms.
Read the digital version of the special October 2016 home sprinkler issue, featuring hyperlinked content and ads, using the NFPA Journal mobile app. The app is available for iOS and Android devices and is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For information visit www.nfpa.org/journalapps.
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