Celebrate National Poetry Month with Sparky

By Lisa Braxton The largest literary celebration in the world is taking place this month in schools, libraries, and bookstores, and Sparky the Fire Dog® can help kids be part of it. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, National…

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Another U.S. state takes a big step in support of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. And then there were 23. Wisconsin is the latest state to formalize its support for home fire sprinklers via the resurrection of its own state sprinkler coalition. NFPA recently spoke with Gregg Cleveland, chair of the…

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NFPA launches “NFPA Standards In Action: Your Voice Matters,” a new campaign aimed at increasing firefighter participation in NFPA’s standards-making process

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the launch of a new campaign, “NFPA Standards In Action: Your Voice Matters,” which actively works to increase fire service participation in its standards-making process. While the initiative emphasizes the importance of…

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Homebuilder argument that sprinklers price out homebuyers is complete farce, says sprinkler advocate

By Fred Durso, Jr. If you’re a “numbers person,” you’ll thoroughly enjoy this article by a sprinkler advocate that calls into question a 2014 report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), titled “State and Metro House Prices: the…

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Fire departments let the numbers tell the story on fire’s impact in local communities

By Lisa Braxton Firefighters across Durham, Ontario, are launching a three-week campaign on Monday to educate residents about fire safety using an approach they haven’t tried before. “You have a better chance of having a fire in your home than…

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Application deadline extended for NFPA sprinkler grant program

By Fred Durso, Jr. We’re giving home fire sprinkler advocates across North America extra time to submit applications for NFPA’s Bringing Safety Home Grant. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 30. This is your chance to secure…

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Minimal damage, no deaths following home fire sprinkler activation

By Fred Durso, Jr. Here’s a short-and-sweet example from our friends at the Idaho Fire Sprinkler Coalition on the rapid response of home fire sprinklers. Earlier this year, a resident discarded smoking materials in a small, plastic trashcan in her…

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Home modifications hamper sprinkler activation

By Fred Durso, Jr. An unfortunate lesson was learned in Maryland, a state with sprinkler ordinances in all of its counties. During a recent fire in a sprinkler-protected home in the city of Bowie, modifications to the home hampered the…

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Dual purpose: Firefighter doubles as a homebuilder who embraces home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Firefighter and homebuilder Kevin Fitzpatrick (center) cost-effectively sprinklered his parents’ new home in Alsip, Illinois. One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen…

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NFPA introduces new tips sheet on Shabbat fire safety

By Lisa Braxton A centerpiece of Jewish life, Shabbat is observed every week by families throughout the world. Planning is required for the day of rest and celebration. Fire safety should be an important element of the preparation. The Shabbat…

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