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HFSC Canada Emphasizes Collaboration to Help Drive Home Fire Sprinkler Safety Education

More than 20 years ago, there were just a few U.S. and Canadian fire departments promoting the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers in new homes. Today, the fire service is the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s (HFSC) most important partner in delivering quality grassroots awareness and education programs across North America. This year as HFSC celebrates its 25th anniversary, we’re conducting interviews with HFSC’s founding members and other leading organizations in a new video series that shares stories of the coalition’s early days, its continued work with the fire service, and the progress and success HFSC has seen since its inception.  The series is hosted by HFSC President Lorraine Carli and in our last video, she talked to Cara Gizzi, Vice President of Education & Outreach for Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL). UL has been a long-time member of the HFSC board and provides important research that helps support the coalition’s messaging.  This week, Lorraine interviews Maya Milardovic, Associate Vice President, Government Relations, The Co-operators Group, and Sean Tracey, HFSC Canada, two key members of the HFSC Canada team, which is made up of representatives from NFPA, The Co-operators, the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. HFSC Canada is the driving force behind a well-coordinated country-wide effort to raise awareness about home fire sprinklers through public education and supporting the fire service and their community outreach. HFSC Canada also works with local stakeholders to promote home fire sprinkler developer incentives. In the video, both Maya and Sean point to the fact that no one organization can go it alone nor should people feel they are on their own in their advocacy efforts. The key, they say, is working with like-minded organizations, individuals, and the fire service, all of whom have the same desire and enthusiasm to share best practices and consistent messages and resources that can help educate communities about the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Maya and Sean agree that the HFSC has been an incredible source of information and support for those who want to get involved. Now is a great time to get involved in home fire sprinkler advocacy work in Canada! Watch the full video interview to learn more about HFSC Canada and their efforts: Visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website to get information and resources to help communicate the value of sprinkler technology and the need for more home installations to save more lives. Additional information about HFSC Canada can be found at homefiresprinklercanada.ca If you missed any of the previous interviews, find the full video series on HFSC’s website.  
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UL Research Helps Set the Stage for Fire Safety Messaging about Home Fire Sprinklers

This year, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary and we’re doing great things to mark this huge milestone. One such effort is a video series that highlights the important work the coalition has been doing during its two-plus decades. Through interviews with some of the coalition’s founding members and leading organizations and professionals dedicated to home fire sprinkler advocacy and education, viewers have been able to learn about the many resources, tools, and information available to help them in their efforts to raise awareness about the importance of home fire sprinklers, in communities across the U.S. and Canada. The new series is hosted by HFSC President Lorraine Carli and in our last video, she talked to Jeff Feid, Loss Mitigation Administrator from State Farm Insurance, who shared his company’s enthusiastic support of HFSC and its mission. 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 home fire safety. In the latest video, Lorraine talks to Cara Gizzi, Vice President of Education & Outreach for Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL). UL has been a long-time member of the HFSC board and provides important research that helps support the coalition’s messaging. For instance, in 2009 and 2020, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute conducted side-by-side experiments comparing natural and synthetic furnishings in typical house fires. The findings of this experiment conclude that modern, synthetic furnishings, used in more homes now, burn faster, making house fires more deadly today compared to fires 40 years ago. Learn more about the research here. According to the research: In 2019, the death rate per 1,000 reported home fires in one-and two-family homes was 27 percent higher than the death rate in home fires overall in 1980. If you have a reported home fire, you are 15 percent more likely to die than you were 40 years ago. People have as little as two minutes to escape in a home fire today, compared to 7-10 minutes years ago. The challenge, said Cara, is that people often think they are not going to have a fire, so education is the key to helping everyone understand the risks. “Seeing is believing,” she says, “and our role is to work closely with the fire service and the community, listen to their needs and concerns, and help educate people on the research findings so they can feel more comfortable when making the best safety decisions for their families.” Learn more and tune in to hear the full interview with Lorraine and Cara. For more information, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website to get the facts about the affordability, reliability, and effective protection of home fire sprinklers to share with others. If you missed any of the previous interviews, find the full video series on HFSC’s website
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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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HFSC Video Series: AFSA President Discusses how to Decrease Sprinkler Installation Costs

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), HFSC launched a weekly video series beginning in May featuring interviews with industry professionals and practitioners who share stories and facts about home 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 FM Global’s partnership with HFSC in educating the public on home fire sprinklers. In the video, Spaziani discusses FM Global’s environmental impact report from 2010, which can be found here. If you missed that video, check out our blog on it here. This week, HFSC President Lorraine Carli is joined by AFSA President Bob Caputo to discuss AFSA’s role as a founding member of HFSC. AFSA, NFSA and NFPA pooled their resources in 1996, creating HFSC to focus exclusively on home fire sprinkler education. In the video, Bob talks about the importance of public education on home fire sprinklers and the costs of sprinklers – specifically, how that cost can decrease if the sprinklers are hooked up to the plumbing system. Check out this week’s video below: Help NFPA and HFSC 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.

HFSC Video Series: FM Global Discusses Beneficial Environmental Impact of Home Fire Sprinklers

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and to help celebrate, HFSC developed a weekly video series featuring interviews with industry professionals and practitioners who share stories of their commitment to advocating for home fire sprinklers in communities across the country. Last week, HFSC president Lorraine Carli was joined by Shane Ray, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and Vickie Pritchett, NFSA executive officer, as they discussed NFSA’s role as a founding member of HFSC, its partnership with the American Fire Sprinkler Association and NFPA, and their continued efforts to educate local officials, the fire service and first responders, home builders, developers, realtors, and consumers about the value of sprinklers. If you missed that video, check out our blog on it here. This week, HFSC board member and FM Global assistant vice president and fire service programs manager Mike Spaziani discusses FM Global’s full-scale fire test on the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers, the beneficial environmental impact of sprinklers, and FM Global’s partnership with HFSC in educating the public on home fire sprinklers. In the video, Spaziani discusses FM Global’s environmental impact report from 2010, which can be found. In 2021, FM Global took another look at the impact of sprinklers, and found that in homes with fire sprinklers: Greenhouse gas emissions were cut by 97.8% Water usage was reduced between 50% and 91% Fewer persistent pollutants, such as heavy metals, were found in sprinkler wastewater versus fire hose water The high pH level and pollutant load of non-sprinkler wastewater are an environmental concern Learn more about the study and check out the full video below: This year, help us celebrate HFSC’s 25th anniversary by sharing 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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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. Check out the NFPA Journal article here. For additional information about home fire sprinklers, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
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