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Homeowner requests to have his new home sprinklered, builder says no

By Fred Durso, Jr. “Home fire sprinklers should be a matter of consumer choice.” That’s a popular argument made by sprinkler opponents, who balk at code requirements for this life-saving feature. Instead, they say they’ll be glad to install the…

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The top 10 stories on home fire sprinklers that grabbed your attention in 2015

By Fred Durso, Jr. NFPA’s state sprinkler coalition map, underscoring 28 states with a coalition in place In 2015, there were hellos (thank you, Adele) and goodbyes. NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team welcomed a handful of new state sprinkler coalitions–including…

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NFPA urges timely disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights

With the holiday now behind us, O Christmas tree, how saggy are your branches? The gifts have been removed from under the pine, the tree is swiftly losing its coat of green, and the needles are piling up on the…

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“There is no downside to installing fire sprinklers”: What convinced a South Carolina developer to embrace this life-saving technology?

By Fred Durso, Jr. Earlier this year, NFPA released a video case study about a new, fully sprinklered development in Greenville, South Carolina. Now, we’re providing extensive backstory on how the developer came to the decision to sprinkler all 140…

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NFPA urges timely disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights

By Lauren Backstrom With the holiday now behind us, O Christmas tree, how saggy are your branches? The gifts have been removed from under the pine, the tree is swiftly losing its coat of green, and the needles are piling…

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Commentary: Fire sprinklers are the best Christmas gift you could give your family

By Fred Durso, Jr. I’m wondering if the writers of these popular ditties were considering fire safety while crafting these lyrics: It doesn’t show signs of stopping, and I bought some corn for popping… Popcorn, yum. But I’m hoping someone…

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A holiday reminder to seek independent laboratory testing

By Meredith Hawes The rash of recent fires sparked from hover boards in the U.S. reminded me of the importance of being vigilant with checking products for the stamp of an independent testing laboratory. As international markets have become stunningly…

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A holiday reminder to seek independent laboratory testing

By Meredith Hawes The rash of recent fires sparked from hover boards in the U.S. reminded me of the importance of being vigilant with checking products for the stamp of an independent testing laboratory. As international markets have become stunningly…

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Fire underscores importance of safety while celebrating the holidays

By Lisa Braxton After firefighters in a Massachusetts town responded to a fire last week blamed on an overloaded and improper extension cord, the chief is urging the community to celebrate safely by using precautions when decorating their homes. “The…

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Homebuilding industry fires back at article supporting home fire sprinklers with their own “facts”

By Fred Durso, Jr. As we had reported on this blog, Builder Magazine produced a story, titled “Playing with Fire,” directing the homebuilding industry to “pay more attention” to home fire sprinklers. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is…

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