Author(s): Jesse Roman. Published on March 1, 2016.

In Brief


Through its Bringing Safety Home Grant program, NFPA is again offering $100,000 to fund local sprinkler advocacy campaigns across North America in 2016. Last year, the program’s first, NFPA funded 16 projects across the United States and Canada.

Home fire sprinklers can reduce home fire deaths by about 80 percent and mitigate direct property damage by about 70 percent, according to NFPA research.

Applicants throughout the United States and Canada can apply for up to $10,000 to fund a proposed home sprinkler campaign or project in their state or province that underscores the necessity of sprinklers. The deadline to submit the application is March 16, 2016.

For applications and more information, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website.


NFPA has expanded its international team to train customers, providers, instructors, and new educational partners in Spain and Latin America.

Rafa Yañez, an experienced business development and electrical safety executive, brings local perspective and strategic, operational, and technical insight to NFPA’s Latin American training program. A native of Mexico, Yañez worked for 20 years at Schneider Electric before becoming director/owner of CBC-Electrotechnology, a global business consulting firm.

In the coming months, Yañez will assess educational trends, local training needs, course requirements, market territories, and operational structure, with the goal of strengthening NFPA’s relationship with providers, instructors, and customers in the region.

All the information on current training courses in Spain and Latin America can be found on the Estudio website.


Presentations from the recent Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Symposium (SupDet) are now available online.

The 20th annual SupDet was held by the Fire Protection Research Foundation March 1–4 in San Antonio, Texas. The program included 30 presentations focused on recent advances in sprinkler and fire detection research and technology. Most of the PowerPoint presentations from the event are available online.

Presentation subjects include warehouse sprinkler protection; lithium ion battery protection; residential smoke alarms; smart building applications; notification systems; and smoke characteristics. The conference also included a half-day workshop entitled “Big Data and Fire Protection Systems,” which focused on how big data can be used to inform the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection systems.


USAA policyholders living in FireWise Communities in Arizona can receive discounts on their homeowner’s insurance premiums, the insurance company has announced. USAA currently offers Firewise discounts in California, Colorado, and Texas.

NFPA’s Firewise program, launched in 2002, brings residents together to develop and implement wildfire mitigation strategies in their communities. More than 1,000 Firewise communities are currently active in 41 states, including 66 communities in Arizona.

“An entire community can benefit when it gets behind fire prevention efforts,” said Jim Salek, USAA’s vice president of underwriting programs and loss prevention, in announcing the discounts. “The Firewise discount gives communities the incentive to take action.”

For information, visit the Firewise website.


NFPA and Green Builder Media have created an e-book to educate homeowners, builders, and developers on how to build, design, site, and maintain homes with wildfire safety in mind.

The eight-page book, “Design with Fire in Mind: Three Steps to a Safer New Home,” is based on principles from NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program, which addresses site design, construction, landscaping, property maintenance, and wildfire safety education of residents. It includes links to educational resources and videos.