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Education is Key to Helping Homeowners Make the Right Choices about Home Fire Sprinklers

Since the 1970s, when “America Burning: Report of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control” was published, fire safety organizations encouraged home fire sprinkler protection as an essential fire mitigation strategy. But no one organization had the capacity to make that goal a priority. To help fill that void, the presidents of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), NFPA, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) pooled their resources together in 1996, creating the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to focus exclusively on home fire sprinkler education. 

Fast forward to 2021 and HFSC is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary! In honor of this key milestone, HFSC created a video series to introduce many of the organizations, professionals, and practitioners who have played an integral role in helping grow the coalition and drive fire sprinkler advocacy in communities across the country.

Last week, HFSC board member and FM Global assistant vice president and fire service programs manager, Mike Spaziani, discussed FM Global’s full-scale fire test on the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers, the beneficial environmental impact of sprinklers, and the company’s partnership with HFSC in educating the public on home fire sprinklers. In the video, Spaziani points to FM Global’s environmental impact report from 2010, which can be found here. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the interview, find it in our latest blog here.

This week, HFSC President, Lorraine Carli, talks to Jeff Feid, Loss Mitigation Administrator from State Farm Insurance, who explains the company’s valued history with HFSC. Over the years, State Farm has been instrumental in providing grant funding to the coalition to help build key educational programs including the Built for Life Fire Department stipend program that supports local fire departments with public outreach and education about the benefits of home fire sprinklers. Feid said State Farm’s relationship with HFSC aligns perfectly with its “Good Neighbor” beliefs, and its agents are proud to be a part of the mission to raise awareness and share knowledge and resources about this life saving device in their communities.

For HFSC, going digital is an important part of its growth during the next 25 years and beyond. To that end, State Farm, said Feid, is excited to support the coalition and its efforts to broaden its reach through the development of new digital tools and resources.

See the full interview with Feid and Carli:

Help NFPA and HFSC celebrate its 25th anniversary this year; share the facts about the affordability, reliability, and effective protection of home fire sprinklers. For additional information, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative websites.

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LisaMarie Sinatra
Communications Manager, Public Affairs Office

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