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Looking to convince legislators to support sprinklers? Start with relationship building

By Fred Durso, Jr. During NFPA’s recent Home Fire Sprinkler Summit, Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser gave tips on how to convince state legislators that home fire sprinklers are a crucial, life-safety component in new homes. Balser has been a vocal sprinkler supporter ever since a tragic fire in her district killed five people. Developing a close relationship with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, she became increasingly aware of the frequency of home fire deaths and has introduced legislation in support of sprinklers in these settings. Balser recommends that sprinkler advocates should establish relationships with their legislator and constantly press them to take a…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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