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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...

Mar 26, 2014, 13:13 ET

Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board: Misinformed Chicago Aldermen Sharing False Information with Public about High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Requirements

- Yesterday, at least two Chicago aldermen, James Cappleman (46th Ward) and Tom Tunney (44th Ward), sent an e-blast to their constituents...

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 20, 2014, 15:32 ET

Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire in Chicago High School Cooking Class, Highlighting the Importance of School Fire Safety

Yesterday, a fiery explosion occurred during a demonstration in a cooking class at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. The fire...

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,...

Sep 06, 2013, 13:47 ET

Donation to Fire Science Technology Program at Joliet Junior College Arrives in Time for Fall Semester

Students in the Fire Science Technology program at Joliet Junior College (JJC) now will be able to see how a fire sprinkler system works thanks to...

Jul 15, 2013, 15:24 ET

Bill Introduced to Senate Could Benefit Chicago High-Rise Owners and Residents

   U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013,...

Apr 18, 2013, 16:33 ET

Ninety Communities in Illinois Have Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements with Additions of Hazel Crest and Niles

 The State of Illinois has reached a fire safety milestone with 90 communities now requiring fire sprinklers in new construction one- and...

Mar 15, 2013, 18:36 ET

Roselle Fire Department Demonstrates Life-Saving Value & Effectiveness of Fire Sprinklers in Home Fire Structure Burn

On Thursday, March 14, Roselle fire crews, with assistance from Bloomingdale Fire Protection District firefighters and the nonprofit Northern...

Mar 14, 2013, 17:32 ET

Retired Fire Chief Grupp Recognized as Guest of Honor at Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

 On Wednesday, March 6, Dave Grupp, home fire sprinkler advocate and retired fire chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District, was...

Jan 22, 2013, 16:18 ET

Fatal Fire on Chicago's South Side Proves that Thousands of Chicago High-Rise Residents Are Still Not Safe From Fires

 This morning's fatal fire that killed two residents and injured one resident and one firefighter in the unsprinklered 16-story high-rise at...

Jan 11, 2013, 19:05 ET

Tragic Fire in Rockford Highlights Need for Home Fire Sprinklers, Especially for High-Risk Populations

 On January 7, a tragic fire caused by a Christmas tree swept through a single-family home in Rockford, killing four people: a 10-month-old...

Oct 11, 2012, 19:10 ET

Home Fire Fatality Occurs in Illinois' Capital City During Fire Prevention Week

"Whenever a fire fatality occurs, it is a sad event, however, it is even more tragic when a home fire fatality occurs during national Fire...

Oct 04, 2012, 18:50 ET

During National Fire Prevention Week, Live Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations Boost Educational Focus for Many Illinois Fire Departments

From October 7-13, fire departments across Illinois and the nation will host open houses and fire safety events as part of their national Fire...

Aug 22, 2012, 16:03 ET

Fire Sprinkler System Extinguishes Fire in Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Home, Further Validating Village's Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance

 This past weekend, a fire sprinkler system in a six-year-old home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, contained and extinguished a kitchen fire before...

Aug 14, 2012, 16:27 ET

Blue Island Protects Residents & Firefighters with 79th Progressive Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance in Illinois

 Officials from the City of Blue Island, Illinois, recently updated the City's fire and building codes to require fire sprinkler protection...

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