The British Columbia Fire Sprinkler Initiative is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary initiative is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers and actively educates stakeholder groups about the life-saving aspect of these devices. The initiative also collaborates with local fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to installing fire sprinklers in the province's new homes.
For more information about the coalition, contact Shayne Mintz.
Save the Date for Upcoming Fire Sprinkler Summit
The Fire Chiefs' Association of British Columbia is hosting its Home and Family Sprinkler Summit, Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Langley Events Centre. Download the event brochure for more information.
Could a Requirement for Fire Sprinklers Become a Reality?
A task force formed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes recently completed a report on sprinkler cost and benefits. The analysis will aid the commission as it updates Canada's National Building Code. For more on this story and the potential for a Canadian requirement for home fire sprinklers, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
The Home Fire Problem in British Columbia
Home fires are frequent, and deadly. According to the report, "Life Safety Systems, Fire Department Intervention, and Residential Fire Outcomes: Analysis of BC Fire Incident Reports, 1988-2015," there were more than 42,000 reported home fires resulting in more than 4,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths. The study concluded that:
- smoke alarms or fire sprinklers were not present in almost three-quarters of home fires, and these fires resulted in more than 80 percent of deaths during the 28-year period
- there is a "marked reduction" in deaths and injuries from fire in sprinklered residences when compared to fires in unsprinklered buildings
- the presence of either smoke alarms or home fire sprinklers reduces the fire-related death rate
Insurance Group Backs Home Fire Sprinklers
The Co-Operators, a Canadian insurance company that vocally supports home fire sprinklers, has partnered with the National Fire Protection Association to produce the following video on this technology. The video describes the role sprinklers can play in creating resilient communities, the truth behind common sprinkler misconceptions, and how sprinklers can safeguard firefighters, especially in rural communities:
Province Passes Fire Sprinkler Requirement for Certain Residences
A new law requires fire sprinklers on the balconies of new, four-storey wood-frame residential buildings. The requirement applies to building permits filed on or after July 20, 2017. The requirement is applicable for new residences fitting the criteria as well as structures involving alterations, repairs, or a demolition. For more information, visit the British Columbia government site.
Fire Chief Supports Possible Fire Sprinkler Regulation
Building on momentum taking place in support of sprinklering new homes, a possible regulation in British Columbia aims to give communities the option to make this feature a requirement. Fully supporting this regulation is Fire Chief Don Jolley with the Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue Services in British Columbia. His community has a sprinkler requirement for new homes. "I'm an advocate for fire sprinklers in all residential properties," Jolley, also vice president of the Fire Chiefs' Association of British Columbia, says in a news story. "I think every place where people sleep should have a fire sprinkler."
New Study Underscores $7.6 Billion Loss From Home Fires
Conducted by Canada's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a new study has placed a dollar amount on potential years of lives lost and cost of fire deaths at home. Over a 14-year period:
- there was a collective loss of 24,051 years of life due to fire
- the study concluded that these lives that were shortened or lost from fire cost the Canadian economy $7.6 billion
- the average cost to treat a burn patient averaged $85,000