The purpose of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition is to increase awareness about the home fire problem in Illinois and to encourage the use of fire sprinklers to save lives and prevent injuries for both residents and firefighters alike.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact Jeff Hudson.
Illinois Community Becomes 104th to Pass Ordinance for Home Fire Sprinklers
The Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire District is the latest Illinois community to adopt a building code requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. There are now 104 Illinois communities with a sprinkler ordinance on the books. Fire Chief Ian Kazian and Fire Marshal Brian McCarthy spent months educating the town's board of trustees on this technology, using resources from NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. They recommended that the fire district comply with the latest model building codes requiring fire sprinklers in all new homes. The trustees--Phil Bettiker, president; Jeff Hansen, secretary; and Kim Barkemeyer, treasurer--passed the new ordinance during their May 2017 board meeting.
Wounded Veteran Celebrates New Home with Fire Sprinklers
Air Force Captain Anthony Simone, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a rescue helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, moved into a new home equipped with fire sprinklers. The Manhattan, Illinois, home was made possible by Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for veterans. For a story on Simone's new home, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Coalition Launches Sprinkler App!
The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed a mobile app to educate the public and elected officials on home fire sprinklers. The app offers:
- direct, online access to NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes
- plans and specifications to build your own NFPA 13D simulator display
- sprinkler YouTube videos and public service announcements
- a how-to on conducting a sprinkler open house event
- house blueprint with properly located fire sprinklers
The app is available in the Google Android Play Store. Search “Illinois Coalition.” Download it today.
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts
Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
Illinois Fire Inspectors Association
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Illinois Fire Service Institute
Illinois Firefighter's Association
Illinois Professional Firefighters Association
Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System
Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection Districts
National Fire Protection Association
Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
Sprinkler Successes in Illinois
Illinois has more than 100 communities that have adopted sprinkler ordinances in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, understands the effectiveness of sprinkler advocacy, and works in conjunction with fire service and life safety officials to underscore the necessity of sprinkler requirements. Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog to read about the unique advocacy methods by Lia and others in Illinois.
Lia was also profiled in a 2014 story in NFPA Journal highlighting key sprinkler advocates from across North America. Download Lia's profile for more information on his state's successful advocacy tactics.
This public service announcement created for the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition highlights the stark differences between a room on fire with a sprinkler system and a room without.
Residential Fire Facts
From January 1, 2007, to September 5, 2011:
- There have been 413 civilian and five Illinois fire service fatalities as a result of residential fires.
- Property loss for Illinois residential fires totaled more than $1.2 billion.
- It was reported that smoke detectors did not alert occupants 41 percent of the time.
- More fires started in the kitchen and involved cooking.
- Automatic extinguishing systems were not present in most fires reported.