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Here’s a New Year’s resolution worth keeping: urge your legislators to support sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan is looking to make 2015 the Year of the Sprinkler. In a recent op-ed for The Berlin Daily Sun, Degnan encourages readers to make some New Year’s resolutions that…

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Fireplace is ruled the cause of fire at NFL coach’s home

By Lisa Braxton A fire earlier this week at the home of Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera underscores the importance of heating safety. According to ESPN.com, 55 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire at the Rivera home in the early…

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Don’t miss a single news story–subscribe to the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog

By Fred Durso, Jr. Just a reminder that this blog is regularly updated. For those that don’t have the time to check it daily, there’s an option to get the sprinkler news you crave delivered directly to your inbox. It’s…

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Key sprinkler advocate reappointed to Massachusetts building board

By Fred Durso, Jr. There’s a push in Massachusetts to preserve and strengthen the state’s sprinkler requirements, and advocates there once again have an important player working on their side. During his final days in office, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick…

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Stay warm and safe as the temperature goes down

By Lisa Braxton Bundle up! That’s what weather forecasters are advising for people across much of the United States and parts of Canada this week. We’re getting the first real taste of winter with below freezing temperatures. Snow has been…

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New home sprinkler requirement in Minnesota takes effect this month

By Fred Durso, Jr. Strong, public support for home fire sprinklers by Minnesota fire service officials and the state’s governor has paid off. A mandatory provision to sprinkler all of the state’s new homes larger than 4,500 square feet takes…

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A fire department wall of fame offers a reminder about smoke alarm safety

By Lisa Braxton The Oklahoma City Fire Department Fire Marshal’s office is sending a powerful message with its wall of fame. The display isn’t in honor of individual achievement, but the work of a fire safety device. The smoke alarms…

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Here’s the top 10 sprinkler news stories that got your attention in 2014

By Fred Durso, Jr. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a David Letterman-inspired countdown. We’ve determined the most popular posts from NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog in 2014. Many thanks to our regular readers, commenters, and social media mavens who have…

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Texas fire in unsprinklered building claims five lives

By Fred Durso, Jr. A fire at a senior housing complex that killed five people has recharged discussions on the need for the adoption of current building codes and automatic fire sprinklers. According to Firehouse.com, the December incident occurred in…

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