ORLAND PARK, Ill., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, the fire sprinkler system in the surgery building at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge prevented a potentially devastating fire by quickly extinguishing an electrical fire in a basement mechanical room. According to fire officials, no one was injured and everyone in the affected areas was able to safely escape as damage was limited to the room of origin.
Fortunately, the hospital follows the fire sprinkler requirements contained with the state of Illinois' Life Safety Code and this did not become a bigger incident, notes Tom Lia, fire safety advocate and executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.
"This is another success story that demonstrates the importance of following the codes. Without fire sprinklers, this fire could have had a major impact on the operations of the hospital and potentially threatened the lives of staff, patients, and visitors," adds Lia.
About the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB)
NIFSAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and governmental policy makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinklers in saving both lives and property. For more info, visit www.firesprinklerassoc.org.
SOURCE Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB)