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Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Receives National Grant for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

wisconsin fire sprinkler coalitionThe National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative has awarded the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition a $10,000 Bringing Safety Home Grant to further the acceptance of fire sprinklers in Wisconsin’s new homes.

Home fires both locally and nationally are still a major threat for residents. Eighty percent of all U.S. fire deaths are happening at home. In 2014 alone, home fires resulted in nearly $7 billion in property damage. Home fire sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent and cut the risk of property loss from fire by 70 percent, according to NFPA. The lifesaving capability of home fire sprinklers is the reason why all model building codes used in the U.S. require sprinklers in all new construction one- and two-family dwellings.

Grassroots efforts in support of fire sprinklers have been taking off across the U.S.; Wisconsin joins nearly 30 others that have formed state sprinkler coalitions now championing for sprinklers in all new homes as a means to save lives.

“The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the safety of residents throughout the state,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “We’re confident this grant will support the coalition’s efforts to ensure that Wisconsin communities benefit from the increased level of safety provided by home fire sprinklers.”

Following a successful launch in 2015, the Bringing Safety Home Grant is once again assisting 15 state coalitions with their grassroots efforts this year. The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition will use the grant to initiate an extensive campaign promoting home fire sprinklers to residents and the state’s decision makers.

“Educating homebuyers, community leaders, real estate agents, homebuilders and nonprofit organizations is the single most powerful tool we have to illustrate the life safety and economic benefits of automatic fire sprinklers ” says Chief Gregg Cleveland, chair of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

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