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Daycare Avoids Tragedy Thanks to Fire Sprinkler System

On June 21, 2017  the Fire Sprinkler system installed at Dearhaven Day Care prevented a potential tragedy. The daycare, located on 1100 Westmorland Drive in Lake Forest, hosts 140 children, ranging from newborns to toddlers, as well as 37 staff members. Click Here to Read Full Lake Forest Fire Department Press Release A fire broke out in a staff break room adjacent to the infant classrooms. As a sprinkler head activated, all children were...
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Updated Information – NFPA 25 Summit July 28, 2017

Updated Information – NFPA 25 Summit July 28, 2017

Updated Flyer – Click Here! New Website http://FireSprinklerTesting.org The Top 10 attendees suggestions prior to the Summit, used to improve the website will receive a mini-toolkit (similar to picture below), every suggestion gets a portable cell phone charger. Email: sprinktoml@aol.com  
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Sprinkler Averts Disaster in Countryside

Sprinkler Averts Disaster in Countryside

Sprinkler Controls Fire at Senior Living Facility On Wednesday June 21, 2017, the Countryside Fire Protection District responded to a fire alarm at the Victory Centre Supportive Living facility on Phillip Road in Vernon Hills, Illinois.  The firefighters connected hoses to standpipes on the 5th floor to extinguish embers and ventilated smoke. Several residents will be temporarily relocated from the 5 story building.  At the time of the fire there were approximately 110 residents...
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Building Safety Month: Invest in Technology for Safety

Each year, the month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month worldwide. The public awareness campaign, which was founded by the International Code Council, is designed to “help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.” Each year,...
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Setting An Example: Lemont Fire Protection District Retrofits Stations with Sprinklers

In order to lead by example within the community it serves, the Lemont Fire Protection District is taking on an important initiative inside its own doors. The fire district plans to have fire sprinklers installed in all its fire stations. The newest of the Lemont Fire Protection District’s four fire stations, Fire Station #4, was built with fire sprinklers, but the first three stations did not have fire sprinklers when they were built. That’s...
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Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

HUEY FREEMAN Herald & Review April 20, 2017 Decatur, Illinois DECATUR – To some of the people witnessing the two fires that were intentionally set in a hotel parking lot, it was a dramatic demonstration of the effectiveness of fire sprinklers. But for David Bartley, a maintenance electrician for the Housing Authority of Champaign County, it was much more than that. “In 2005, I lost my house to a fire, an electrical fire in...
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Ed Kadlec, Jr, C.L Doucette Retrofits his Wood Dale Home

The city of Wood Dale has had an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in new construction single-family homes since May 2012. Now, the city also has its first existing home to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. The home is owned by Ed Kadlec, Jr., president of fire protection contractor C.L. Doucette, and his wife, Penny. Built in 1989, the two-story home features four bedrooms and a full finished basement. “Being in the fire protection industry,...
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Are You a Built For Life Fire Department?

Please take advantage of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s free Built For Life Fire Department program, which features FEMA-grant supported educational materials and programs to help your fire department public education efforts. Click photo to get full PDF document.
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March is Almost Done. Have You Started Fire Sprinkler Testing?

March is over now,    time to fully implement your NFPA 25 Water Based Fire Protection Regular Testing Program.  To obtain the latest information on fire sprinkler testing as called out in the ICC and NFPA codes, which refer to NFPA 25 go to www.firesprinklertesting.org  
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Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski Recognized for Fire Safety Advocacy Efforts

On the evening of March 9, Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski received a special recognition award for his continued efforts to save lives and property by educating the public about the benefits of fire sprinkler protection. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-IL) jointly presented the award to Styczynski at the NFSA-IL chapter meeting. “I’m honored to receive this recognition. I...
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Adopt Latest Codes and Fire Sprinkler Testing Program to Avoid Economically Devastating Fires

Adopt Latest Codes and Fire Sprinkler Testing Program to Avoid Economically Devastating Fires

  Fires can be economically devastating to your community. Make sure your community is fire-safe with the latest fire and building codes and a well-executed fire sprinkler inspection, testing and maintenance program.  
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Reporter Phil Rogers Investigates High-Rise Fire Safety Compliance

Through his reporting, NBC 5 Chicago Investigative Reporter Phil Rogers has long been an advocate of fire safety in Chicago high-rises. His most recent report on February 15, 2017, follows up on compliance with the city’s high-rise fire safety measures 14 years after the fatal Cook County Administration Building fire. Following that fire, the city enacted ordinances requiring fire sprinkler and fire safety system installations in both residential and commercial high-rises. The city’s residential...
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Implement a Fire Sprinkler Testing Program in the New Year

Are you ready to begin fire sprinkler testing in January 2017. Ensure code and ISO compliance by sending notices to building owners. A third-party inspection company can help you carry out your fire sprinkler testing program.  
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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Continues to Expand Programs & Support

Many fire-safety-conscious people in Illinois recognize the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) as the organization that runs the annual Camp “I Am Me,” which is a week-long summer camp for burn-injured children. However, the IFSA offers many more programs, education and support in regard to fire safety and burn prevention. In the last few years, the IFSA has taken big steps in educating the state’s residents about residential fire sprinklers. In addition to the...
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Countryside Fire Protection District Offers Sprinkler Education to Thousands of Students

This article is featured in NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: Countryside Fire Protection District has supported fire and life safety education since its 1959 inception. Its mission has helped instilled this practice: “The District dedicates its activities to the preservation of human life and the conservation of property. To this end, the District invests its personnel in the education of its public and the maintenance of a safe environment.” Furthering its mission, the district’s fire...
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New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

Article courtesy of a New Lenox Fire Protection District news release: On January 16th, the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) held a swearing in ceremony during its Board of Trustees meeting to appoint a new deputy chief and promote a fire inspector to fire marshal. Dan Turner was previously fire marshal in New Lenox and was promoted to deputy chief. He has been with the NLFPD for over 10 years, and in the...
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Successful Activations (Spring 2017 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations. April 2017 Burbank Police Station Burbank Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the police station controlled a small fire in a lower-level locker room and confined it to a couple of lockers. The fire appears to have originated near an electrical outlet inside a locker. No injuries were reported and police functions continued without any issues. Chicago Sun-Times...
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Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High-Rise Residents, Yet Again, in 2016

On December 20, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby boxes of food in a residence at The Mather, a 10-story senior living facility in Evanston. According to fire officials, no one was injured and over $150,000 in damage was prevented thanks to the quick action of the fire sprinkler. The sprinkler save marks the second time this year that fire sprinklers prevented major...
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Oakland Fire is Reminder for Chicago to Enforce Sprinkler Codes

Oakland Fire is Reminder for Chicago to Enforce Sprinkler Codes

The Oakland Ghost Ship Fire with 36 fire deaths shows us what can happen when fire codes are not followed. Unfortunately, Chicago has a long list of historic multi-fatality fires that resulted in code changes. Here are just a few: Iroquois Theatre fire (602 deaths), La Salle Hotel fire (58 deaths) Our Lady of the Angels school fire (95 deaths), Paxton Hotel fire (19 deaths) and Wincrest Nursing Home fire (23 deaths). Ironically, January...
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Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Cold Weather Months

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The designers and installers of water-based fire protection systems, like automatic fire sprinkler systems, take into account seasonal variations in temperature. In cases where water-filled pipe cannot be protected from freezing, alternative methods are used. But most of the time, even in the coldest climates, the assumption is that the normal precautions taken to keep the building warm will, in turn, keep the fire sprinkler system from freezing....
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Successful Activations (Fall/Winter 2016 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   December 2016   The Mather (High-Rise) Evanston Fire Department A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby boxes of food in a residence the 10-story senior living facility. According to fire officials, no one was injured and over $150,000 in damage was prevented thanks to the quick action of...
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Fire Sprinklers Prevent Major Fire at Lawson House YMCA Residential High-Rise

On November 18, fire sprinklers controlled and extinguished a fire in a trash compactor room at the Lawson House YMCA at 30 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The 24-story residential high-rise, which was built in 1934, is the largest single-room occupancy supportive housing facility in the Midwest with nearly 600 apartment units. “Some of the residents in the low-income building are formerly homeless, so a fire that could potentially displace them...
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Fire Sprinkler System Saves Taxpayers Money in Wheaton Public Works Facility Fire

According to fire reports from November 14, the fire sprinkler system in the Wheaton Public Works facility held a fire in check that began in the bed of a dump truck in one of the maintenance garage bays. Firefighters arrived to find only minor smoldering material and smoke. As a direct result of the sprinkler’s quick response to the fire, no injuries were reported and the building was open again the next morning. “Thanks...
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New Study Documents Overwhelming Support of Home Fire Sprinklers by Consumers, Government Officials in States Requiring This Technology

A new study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation highlights positive opinions of home fire sprinklers by homeowners and most government officials in U.S. states required to fire sprinkler new homes. The new report, “Stakeholder Perceptions of Home Fire Sprinklers,” analyzes the opinions of three groups—government officials, homeowners, and water purveyors—following the passage of statewide requirements for home fire sprinklers. Researchers surveyed stakeholders in California and Maryland, where fire sprinklers are required in all...
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Recap: Fire Prevention Week

Recap: Fire Prevention Week

Below are video and photos from around northern Illinois during Fire Prevention Week 2016: ABOVE: Side-by-side at Plainfield Fire Protection District ABOVE: Side-by-side at Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills) ABOVE: Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Fire Prevention Week Luncheon in Woodridge
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