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.
Province Hosts First Fire Sprinkler Summit
Local advocates hosted British Columbia's first sprinkler summit in February 2018. The event was organized by the Fire Chiefs' Association of British Columbia, which is a member of the initiative. Approximately 150 attendees--fire service members, building officers, politicians, insurers, and others--were educated on home fire sprinklers. Attendees witnessed home fire sprinklers in action during a live demonstration. For more on this event, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
NFPA staff, members of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), and organizers for British Columbia's first fire sprinkler summit showcase HFSC's new, hands-on home fire sprinkler prop.
Once Opposing Fire Sprinklers, Former Canadian Homebuilder Now Embraces Technology
As head of two Canadian homebuilding associations, Peter Simpson battled fire sprinkler requirements for years. He's now an avid supporter for this technology. Read his opinion piece on how he transitioned from fire sprinkler opponent to advocate.
Commentary: Why Hasn't the Fire Service Completely Endorsed Home Fire Sprinklers?
In an article appearing in Firefighting in Canada, British Columbia Fire Sprinkler Initiative member Don Jolley writes that the fire service collectively has to "set aside bias and tradition and recognize the future." Read his article on fire sprinkler perceptions and facts.
The Home Fire Problem & Fire Sprinkler Impact
Home fires are frequent, and deadly. According to the report, "Sprinkler Systems and Residential Structure Fires-Revisited":
- of the fires examined in this study, 97 percent occurred in residential buildings without sprinkler protection
- these fires resulted in 97 percent of injuries and about 99 percent of the deaths
- the death rate per 1000 reported residential fires was more than three times as high in fires with no sprinklers as in fires with sprinklers present
- no serious firefighter injuries occurred in fires where fire sprinklers were present
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:
Free Resources on Home Fire Sprinklers
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about home fire sprinklers. HFSC offers educational material with details about installing home fire sprinklers, how they work, why they provide affordable protection, and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation. One of their newest resources is this video of a room equipped with fire sprinklers and an identical room without them:
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