2013 – Issue 1 – Spring/Summer

NAHB: Homebuyers Can Afford Higher Priced Homes – Not Fire Sprinklers?

Reposted from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: By Maria Figueroa According to an article from Housing Wire, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is convincing buyers that they can afford a higher priced new home by utilizing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing & Urban Development. The report tells us that NAHB also studied the first year after tax costs [...]


Survey: Americans’ Misconceptions about Fire Safety in the Home

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) revealed that 65 percent of Americans feel safer from the dangers of fire at home. Only 10 percent feel safer in a commercial or public building. “This is an alarming misconception,” said Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s program manager. “Actually, fires in dwellings account for the majority of life loss due to fire. Statistics from the United States Fire [...]


NFPA: Total Cost of Fire Up 38 Percent from 1980

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released an updated report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It can be seen from the report that the total cost of fire in 2010, adjusted for inflation, is 38 percent higher than in 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) has declined by roughly one-third. However, both the total cost of fire and total cost as [...]


9 Fires Documentary: Telling the Rest of the Story About Campus-Related Fires

The 9 Fires documentary is the story of nine campus-related fires across the nation that happened within a three-week period in January and February 2012. It tells “the rest of the story” of the impact that these fires had on the families, the survivors, the schools and the community. The nine fires include residence halls, off-campus, laboratory, sprinklered and unsprinklered buildings. Some were successes, others were tragedies, but taken together [...]


Fire Sprinkler Discussions Arise After Green Bay-Area Apartment Fires

An article in the Green Bay Gazette brings to light two recent fires in older apartment buildings in the Green Bay area that caused firefighter injuries and left dozens of people without places to live. The buildings were not protected with fire sprinklers because fire sprinklers were not required at the times they were built.The fire that occurred at the two-story, 74-unit Hilltop Place Apartments in Allouez on May 23 [...]


NBC Madison Features Watertown Fire Department’s Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

On July 11, 2013, the Watertown Fire Department conducted a live side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration at the city's 14th annual Lights 'N' Sirens Community Safety Fair. The event was well received and landed a significant spot on the 10PM newscast of the Madison NBC station. See the video and article on NBC Madison's website. The National Fire Sprinkler Association - Wisconsin Chapter's Bob Kleinheinz narrated the demonstration and [...]


Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013 Introduced in U.S. Senate

On June 14th, Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced legislation, S. 1163, to encourage commercial building owners to invest in lifesaving fire safety upgrades. The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013 strengthens tax incentives for building owners to install fire sprinkler retrofits that can save many lives and countless dollars in property loss from fires every year. Currently, commercial building owners must depreciate fire [...]


Attend the Silver Anniversary of the Burn Center Golf Invitational

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety: The 25th Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) will be held August 26, 2013. This year’s outing will be played for the 20th straight year at the Championship Brute Course of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. The golf outing and evening program are presented by the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS), assisted by the Columbia St Mary’s [...]


State Farm: 8 Great Reasons to Install a Home Fire Sprinkler

Courtesy of  State Farm: For more than a century, sprinkler systems have been dousing fires, preventing property damage and helping save lives in offices, factories, schools and other public places. Now they’re a safety feature in many homes. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a fire can grow from a small flame to fully engulfing a room in less than three minutes. FEMA notes that sprinklers, coupled with [...]


Center for Public Safety Excellence to Begin Accrediting Fire Sprinkler Installers

Recognizing the importance of fire sprinklers as a means to significantly reduce deaths and the costs of residential fires, the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Board of Directors approved plans to offer a new accreditation program for installers of residential fire sprinkler systems on June 21, 2013. Modeled on the accreditation model of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), the new accreditation is entitled the “Residential Fire Sprinkler [...]

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