Hundreds of Fire and Building Officials Attend Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit
Shannon talked about NFPA's new "Fire Sprinkler Initiative" Web site http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org, a resource for the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who want to demonstrate the need for home fire sprinklers in their community. The site contains information to help navigate the legislative process to get sprinkler ordinances introduced and passed in their communities and allow them to come together to share their ideas, successes and tools with other advocates.
Shannon acknowledged the people attending the audience who represent the
communities that have upgraded their fire safety codes and passed ordinances
requiring residential fire sprinklers in single-family homes.
Viniello talked about why it's important for the fire sprinkler industry
to support the fire service in their efforts to pass ordinances that result in
safer communities. He talked about NFSA's history of education programs and
presented various examples of how NFSA has worked with the media following
major fires that result in news stories that focus on the life-saving value of
fire sprinklers. Viniello said its more common for the media to point out that
buildings were not protected with fire sprinklers following a significant
fire. One example was a story that appeared on ABC News following the Sofa
Super Store fire in
A panel including fire safety and code consultants, sprinkler contractors
and fire officials answered questions from the audience. The program ended
with a presentation recognizing members of the fire service and elected
officials from communities who have upgraded their fire codes including the
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