The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the state of Connecticut. The coalition actively works to educate stakeholder groups on residential fire sprinklers and collaborates with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to residential fire sprinkler requirements.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact Chair Keith Flood at 203-937-3710.
Coalition Chair Receives National Award
Keith Flood (second from right) was the 2017 recipient of the Bringing Safety Home Award. Honoring Flood during NFPA's recent Sprinkler Coalition Chair Summit was (from left) Fred Durso, communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative; Tim Travers, NFPA regional sprinkler specialist; NFPA President Jim Pauley; and Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.
The Bringing Safety Home Award is a joint effort by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative. The award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who use HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources to educate decision makers on fire sprinklers and convince them to support sprinkler requirements.
Receiving the 2017 award was Keith Flood, fire marshal for the West Haven Fire Department and chair of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition. For more on this award and Keith's accomplishments, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Coalition Supports Fire Sprinklers in All New Homes
Connecticut is currently updating its building code. Members of the coalition are recommending the state's Codes and Standards Committee to embrace the solution to the state's home fire problem by adopting a model building code requirement to sprinkler all new homes. The coalition has based its recommendation on findings outlined in a new position paper.
Coalition, NFPA Host News Conference Following Child Fire Death in New Home
A six-year-old girl from Plainfield died in a September 2016 fire in a home built only months prior. The incident negates persistent claims made by fire sprinkler opponents that smoke alarms and other safety features “offer adequate protection from fire” and home fire sprinklers are not necessary since “today’s fire deaths and injuries are happening in older homes.” The Connecticut home had at least one working smoke alarm, according to news reports. Moreover, had this home’s construction followed requirements found in all U.S. model building codes—specifically, a requirement to sprinkler new dwellings that has appeared in every edition of these codes since 2009—it should have been sprinklered.
The coalition joined the National Fire Protection Association at a news conference in October 2016 to underscore the recent tragedy and refusal of state decision makers to require home fire sprinklers. (The coalition also took out a full-page ad in the Hartford Courant to underscore this tragedy.) "Inaction by our state’s decision makers has led to another tragedy," said coalition Chair Keith Flood. "We need them to finally start embracing home fire sprinklers and stop listening to the rhetoric by local fire sprinkler opponents. Now is the time to bolster laws that will lead to safer homes for future generations.” Read a write-up of the event, and watch the following news clip:
A Home Run: Coalition Promotes Fire Sprinklers at Baseball Games
The coalition created this banner, which is currently displayed at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, home of the Connecticut Tigers. The banner compares the speed of today's fires with the quick impact of home fire sprinklers. The banner and related video announcement was viewed by more than 50,000 attendees at the stadium's baseball games and other events.
Sprinkler Demonstrations Get Public's Attention
June 2016: The coalition showcased the rapid spread of today's home fires during a demonstration in Cheshire. Using two identical structures (one with fire sprinklers, one without), the demonstration underscored how residents have less than two minutes to safely escape a home fire. Home fire sprinklers give residents the necessary time to seek safety. "There's nothing like the heat and smoke of a real fire to help adults and children understand just how fast a home fire is," said coalition chair Keith Flood.
October 2015: Nearly 300 people attended a live burn/sprinkler demonstration at Ambler Farms in Wilton, Connecticut. The event underscored the fierceness of today's home fires and the live-saving impact of fire sprinklers. Narrating the event was Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Keith Flood. Members of the University of New Haven Fire Science Club were on hand to create the burn structures and provide logistical support.
May 2015: A program appearing on West Hartford Community Television highlighted another fire sprinkler demonstration. Interviewed at the event were local fire and public officials as well as Connecticut residents.
Local Builder Learns the Truth About Home Fire Sprinklers
The homebuilding industry tends to have the biggest misconceptions about home fire sprinklers. All it took for Connecticut builder John Dempsey to change his tune on these devices was a conversation with local sprinkler advocates. Dempsey discusses how a fire sprinkler installation at one of his homes underscored the ease and affordability of these devices and dispelled the many myths he has heard about cost and operation:
The Home Fire Problem in Connecticut
Over a 15-year period (2002-2016), Connecticut experienced:
- nearly 180 civilian fire deaths
- close to 1,300 civilian fire injuries
- an estimated $430 million in property loss