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Jun 11, 2014, 17:34 ET

NIFSAB: Death of Elderly Couple in Mokena House Fire Highlights Recent Omission of Home Fire Sprinklers from Will County Building Code

Early this morning, a fire tore through a home in an unincorporated area of southwest suburban Mokena, killing an elderly couple before they were...

May 09, 2014, 18:14 ET

Fire Sprinklers Prove Their Life-Saving Value in Chicago Area High-Rise Fires

On Wednesday, May 7, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in the Spinning Wheel Apartments high-rise building in Hinsdale. The fire...

May 09, 2014, 15:43 ET

CEO of Lake Forest-Based Fire Sprinkler Company Earns Top Honor from National Fire Sprinkler Association

 Gregg Huennekens, CEO of USA Fire Protection, Lake Forest, Ill., received the Golden Sprinkler Award, the highest honor awarded by the...

Feb 25, 2014, 13:40 ET
Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis discussed the importance of home fire sprinklers in preventing fire deaths and injuries.  (PRNewsFoto/Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB))

Illinois Fire and Building Officials Meet to Strengthen Commitment to Home Fire Sprinkler Protection

 Nearly 26 years since the Village of Long Grove enacted fire sprinkler requirements for new construction homes, Illinois now has 92...

Feb 17, 2014, 12:44 ET

NIFSAB: Site of Three Fires Since 2007, Chicago High-Rise Opts to Ban Smoking Instead of Installing Fire Sprinklers

Condo owners of the 42-story high-rise at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue in Chicago recently instituted the city's first full smoking ban in a...

Jan 24, 2014, 16:33 ET

Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups as Another Arctic Blast Arrives in Illinois

 The cold temperatures are upon us. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water...

Oct 17, 2013, 11:54 ET

Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Questions High-Rise Fire Safety Ten Years After Deadly Cook County Administration Building Fire

 Ten years have passed since six people died in a high-rise fire that did not have fire sprinklers at the Cook County Administration Building,...

Oct 03, 2013, 16:12 ET

ALERT: Illinois Fire Service Predicts Severely Heightened Number of Fire Incidents Through October

 Officials in the Illinois fire service are predicting a dramatic uptick in intentionally set fires in the state of Illinois through October,...

Sep 03, 2013, 19:20 ET

New Federal Rule Highlighted After Fire Sprinkler System Saves Residents at Illinois Nursing Home Fire

A Burr Ridge, Illinois, nursing home fire on Monday, September 2, was suppressed by the building's fire sprinkler system until Tri-State Fire...

Dec 10, 2009, 19:10 ET

Repeat of Fire Tragedy in Chicago High-Rise Should Have Been Prevented

Early this morning, a fatal fire at the 44-story building at 260 East Chestnut Street in Chicago claimed the life of one individual, injuring at...