NFPA Journal 125th Anniversary Retrospective Article Hails the Importance of Home Sprinklers
Sprinklers have always been a part of the history of NFPA, beginning with the publication of its first standard ever published: NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. This history and commitment to the life-saving technology of sprinklers has embedded itself into the core of NFPA for 125 years.
This is part of the reason why the message of the importance of home fire sprinklers as the way to advance fire safety further is so prominent in NFPA Journal’s 125th Anniversary retrospective piece, “Past is Prologue”. The piece reflects on the past 125 years of fire and life safety work the association has done to champion the necessary precautions and actions to against fire and other hazards. It also looks ahead to the future and what is needed to save more lives and more property.
The article opens with a story about the deadly fire in Natick, MA earlier this year, where a man lost his life in a newly-built (2019) home that went up in flames in the middle of the night.
This event contradicts a popular home fire sprinkler myth, that new homes don’t burn as easily. There are quite a few myths about home sprinklers that NFPA has debunked recently. These myths spread false information about residential sprinklers and prevent people from learning how crucially important they can be in the event of a home fire.
The home in Natick had smoke alarms, but no sprinklers. In most jurisdictions, fire sprinklers are not required in one-and two-family homes: the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) are looking to change that.