Home fire sprinklers save lives, protect property and create a safer fire scenario for firefighters. Every national model building code in this country includes the provision for fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. That means it is the minimum level of safety. Jurisdictions who choose to bypass this provision or amend it out of their codes are choosing to allow substandard housing to be built.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact coalition chair Mary Regan at 413-572-6330.
Download the coalition's 12-page pamphlet underscoring all you need to know about home fire sprinklers.
Wounded Veteran Receives Fully Sprinklered Home
During a recent groundbreaking ceremony, Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating (left) joined Paul Skarinka and his wife, Jenn, at the site of their new home, which will include home fire sprinklers.The coalition was able to secure the labor and materials to install the fire sprinklers at no cost. For more on this story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
State Representative Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
Coalition members met with State Representative Ruth Balser, a fire sprinkler advocate, to discuss legislation requiring this technology in all new homes in Massachusetts.
Editorial: Residential Building Code Must Include Fire Sprinklers
In an editorial appearing in a handful of Massachusetts publications, NFPA President Jim Pauley underscores the necessity of including a requirement for home fire sprinklers in the state's next edition of its residential building code. "If fire sprinklers are important enough to make it into every model building code – the minimum standard to which all homes should be built – why are fire sprinklers not important enough for Massachusetts homes?" states Pauley. "Our residents and their decision-makers must understand that without fire sprinklers, new homes are lacking a necessary component, and are substandard." Read the full editorial.
Local TV Commercial Highlights Home Fire Sprinklers
The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition has sponsored a TV ad encouraging home buyers to ask for home fire sprinklers:
Town Council Passes Sprinkler Ordinance
Fire sprinklers must be installed in all new, multi-unit dwellings in the town of Palmer, per a municipal ordinance passed by the town's city council in 2015. The action followed a home fire that killed a resident in a 20-unit apartment building in February 2015. Existing boarding, lodging, and rooming houses with more than five units must install sprinklers within five years, according to the new ordinance.
Coalition Assists with Sprinkler Installation
NFPA has collaborated with the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the South Shore Habitat for Humanity to sprinkler two, three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath homes in Hanover. NFPA President Jim Pauley took part in assisting professionals with the September 2014 installation. For more information about the event, watch the following video:
Fires in Massachusetts
In the last decade, there have been more than 57,000 fires in one- and two-family homes in Massachusetts. These fires:
- killed more than 200 people.
- injured more than 2,200 firefighters and 1,400 civilians.
- caused more than $829 million in property loss.
Download the coalition's fact sheet to learn more about Massachusetts house fires and the impact of residential sprinklers.
Massachusetts fire organizations that support fire sprinklers in new homes