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2013 – Issue 1 – Spring/Summer

NAHB: Homebuyers Can Afford Higher Priced Homes – Not Fire Sprinklers?

Reposted from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: By Maria Figueroa According to an article from Housing Wire, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is convincing buyers that they can afford a higher priced new home by utilizing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing &...
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Survey: Americans’ Misconceptions about Fire Safety in the Home

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) revealed that 65 percent of Americans feel safer from the dangers of fire at home. Only 10 percent feel safer in a commercial or public building. “This is an alarming misconception,” said Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s program manager. “Actually, fires in dwellings...
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NFPA: Total Cost of Fire Up 38 Percent from 1980

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released an updated report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It can be seen from the report that the total cost of fire in 2010, adjusted for inflation, is 38 percent higher than in 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)...
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9 Fires Documentary: Telling the Rest of the Story About Campus-Related Fires

The 9 Fires documentary is the story of nine campus-related fires across the nation that happened within a three-week period in January and February 2012. It tells “the rest of the story” of the impact that these fires had on the families, the survivors, the schools and the community. The nine fires include residence...
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Fire Sprinkler Discussions Arise After Green Bay-Area Apartment Fires

An article in the Green Bay Gazette brings to light two recent fires in older apartment buildings in the Green Bay area that caused firefighter injuries and left dozens of people without places to live. The buildings were not protected with fire sprinklers because fire sprinklers were not required at the times they were...
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NBC Madison Features Watertown Fire Department’s Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

On July 11, 2013, the Watertown Fire Department conducted a live side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration at the city’s 14th annual Lights ‘N’ Sirens Community Safety Fair. The event was well received and landed a significant spot on the 10PM newscast of the Madison NBC station. See the video and article on NBC...
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Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013 Introduced in U.S. Senate

On June 14th, Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced legislation, S. 1163, to encourage commercial building owners to invest in lifesaving fire safety upgrades. The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013 strengthens tax incentives for building owners to install fire sprinkler retrofits that can save many lives and countless dollars...
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Attend the Silver Anniversary of the Burn Center Golf Invitational

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety: The 25th Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) will be held August 26, 2013. This year’s outing will be played for the 20th straight year at the Championship Brute Course of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. The golf outing and evening program...
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State Farm: 8 Great Reasons to Install a Home Fire Sprinkler

Courtesy of  State Farm: For more than a century, sprinkler systems have been dousing fires, preventing property damage and helping save lives in offices, factories, schools and other public places. Now they’re a safety feature in many homes. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a fire can grow from a small flame...
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Center for Public Safety Excellence to Begin Accrediting Fire Sprinkler Installers

Recognizing the importance of fire sprinklers as a means to significantly reduce deaths and the costs of residential fires, the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Board of Directors approved plans to offer a new accreditation program for installers of residential fire sprinkler systems on June 21, 2013. Modeled on the accreditation model of...
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Call for Nominations: “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present a national award that recognizes the outstanding local efforts of a fire official who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems...
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While Fire Hydrant Failed, Home Fire Sprinklers Could Have Prevented Fire Death in Ashland

A fire hydrant failed while fire crews were on scene to battle an early morning house fire in the City of Ashland on Sunday, May 12, that claimed the life of one person. The fire hydrant was plugged with metal debris that kept it from functioning properly, so firefighters had to use valuable time...
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West Allis Duplex Fire Kills Two Teenagers, Injures Two Other Children

A fire in a duplex home in the City of West Allis during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 17, claimed the life of two 14-year-old boys. The fire grew so quickly that it caused the ceiling to collapse on them. Another two boys, ages four and thirteen, escaped but are recovering from...
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Tragic Apartment Fire in Loganville is Reminder of Increased Fire Risks for Elderly

A fire in a two-story, four-unit apartment building in the Village of Loganville on the morning of Thursday, March 7, claimed the life of a 70-year-old woman, who died on the way to the hospital. Fire officials say the fire started in her unit. The fatality marks the eleventh residential fire fatality of the...
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New HFSC Stipends Help Wisconsin Fire Departments with Home Fire Sprinkler Education

Through funding from a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) offered two new stipend programs to U.S. fire departments looking to increase home fire sprinkler education within their communities this year. One of the two stipend programs this year is a completely new concept in home...
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7-Year-Old Dies in Milwaukee Fire; No Smoke Alarms Present

An early morning house fire in the City of Milwaukee on Saturday, February 16, has claimed the life of a 7-year-old boy. Firefighters revived him twice on the scene, but he succumbed to smoke inhalation on Sunday, February 17. Fire officials say there were no smoke alarms present in the home. Bob Kleinheinz, regional...
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Cassian Home Fire Fatality Highlights Risks of Fires in Rural Areas

A house fire in the rural Town of Cassian on Tuesday, February 12, claimed the lives of the two homeowners, a 53-year-old female, who is the Oneida County jail administrator, and her 55-year-old husband. Reports from the United States Fire Administration mark the fatalities as the eighth and ninth residential fire fatalities and the...
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Fire Sprinklers at Work (Spring/Summer 2013 Edition)

Fire Sprinklers at Work (Spring/Summer 2013 Edition)

May 2013 City of Madison KJ’s Curry Bowl Fire sprinklers held a fire in check in the kitchen of the restaurant that was just days away from opening. Firefighters were able to complete the extinguishment within five minutes of their arrival. No one was in the restaurant at the time of the fire. The...
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Tragic Home Fires in Princeton & Sigel Highlight Need for Home Fire Sprinklers, Especially for High-Risk Populations and Rural Areas

On Tuesday, February 5, a house fire in the rural Town of Princeton claimed the life of a woman, who is believed to be the 66-year-old homeowner. This happened less than a week after a house fire in the rural Town of Sigel, which claimed the life of an elderly couple and their 38-year-old...
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New Holstein Apartment Fire Claimed Life of One and Injured Four

In response to the fatal apartment fire in New Holstein that killed one and injured four on January 4th, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Regional Manager Bob Kleinheinz wrote a letter to the editor that ran in the “Fond du Lac Reporter” and “Herald Times Reporter News“. The fatality, the...
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