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Implement a Fire Sprinkler Testing Program in the New Year

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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Continues to Expand Programs & Support

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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

Countryside FPD uses a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer to educate school-aged children about fire sprinklers.

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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REGISTER: Community Risk Reduction Workshop (Feb. 21)

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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)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   February 2017   Residences of Uptown Park Ridge Fire Department Four sprinklers in a trash chute extinguished a dumpster fire located in the trash room of a parking garage for the condominium building. The exact cause of the fire was not determined, but improperly discarded smoking materials may have been the cause. “This was a successful sprinkler activation,...
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Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High-Rise Residents, Yet Again, in 2016

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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

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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)

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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

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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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Fire Departments Set Fires to Educate Public About Preventing Fires During Fire Prevention Month

Side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration at Moraine Valley Community College during Fire Prevention Month 2016.

During national Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) and Fire Prevention Month, many fire departments throughout Illinois will be taking a different approach to public fire prevention education by actually setting fires. They will set the fires as demonstrations designed to educate the public about the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. These live fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations are being conducted with assistance from the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board...
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VIDEO: Protect Your Family with Home Fire Sprinklers

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As national Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15) nears and fire departments prepare their public education activities for the weeklong event, a newly released video aims to educate homeowners about the dangers of fires in today’s homes as well as the benefits of home fire sprinklers. The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a nonprofit group of Illinois fire service organizations and fire safety advocates, created the hand-drawn whiteboard video and it can be found...
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Winnetka Works with Property Owners to Update Fire Sprinkler Ordinance, Promote Economic Development

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Property owners of older buildings in Winnetka have a new incentive to install fire sprinklers in their buildings. In an effort to work with building owners and encourage economic development, the village created a rebate program for older buildings that must retrofit fire sprinklers when there is a change of occupancy use. The program is an effort to encourage fire sprinkler retrofits in Winnetka’s three business districts, which have many buildings that are over...
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Plainfield Fire Officials Discusses Residential Fire Sprinklers with Joliet Radio Station

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Leading up to the 4th of July, Plainfield Fire Inspector Mary Kay Ludemann was interviewed on WJOL-AM in Joliet to discuss fire safety in regard to fireworks. In the latter half of the segment, she also discussed the higher dangers of fires in today’s homes and the importance of residential fire sprinklers. Visit this link to the interview. (To hear the residential fire sprinkler discussion, fast forward to 00:07:10. Fire sprinkler discussion ends at...
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Successful Activations (Summer 2016 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   September 2016   Extended Stay America Gurnee Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the hotel extinguished a trash can fire in a third-floor room. A small dog was found safe and no person was present in the room at the time of the fire. Fred Friedl, Fire Chief, Gurnee Fire Department   Arlington Nissan Arlington Heights Fire...
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Mobile App Benefits Fire Sprinkler Advocates

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The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC) has developed a mobile app to educate the public and elected officials on home fire sprinklers. And the organization would like your feedback. While in its infancy stage, the app is a resource for fire sprinkler information for all sprinkler advocates. You’ll find information about: NFPA 13D Plans and specifications to build your own NFPA 13D simulator display Home fire sprinkler YouTube videos and public service announcements (PSAs)...
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Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational Raises $80,000 for Burn Survivor Programs

Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational Raises $80,000 for Burn Survivor Programs

At the Illinois Burn Prevention Association’s (IBPA) 21st Annual Burn Prevention Golf Invitational on June 7, $80,000 was raised for burn survivors. One hundred and twenty-eight golfers participated in the event, which was held at an exciting and beautiful new location, Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Money raised from the event was donated to the following organizations: $35,000 to the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s (IFSA) Camp “I Am Me” camp for burn-injured children...
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Protecting a Veteran with Fire Sprinklers

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“When your life is altered completely and normal is no longer a word that applies to you, it can be a totally life-changing incident,” said Air Force Captain Anthony Simone, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a rescue helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. He gave those words during a May ceremony in Manhattan, Illinois, where he received the keys to his new home provided by Homes for Our Troops. The nonprofit builds...
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Fire Sprinkler Quickly Controls Garage Fire at Fox Lake Townhome

On May 15, 2016, a fire sprinkler controlled a fire in the garage of a four-unit townhome on Blue Springs Drive in Fox Lake, allowing the residents to escape unharmed. According to Fox Lake Fire Protection District fire officials, the fire sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading to inside the residence and the three other attached units. Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), says this...
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Fire Officials Educate Springfield Legislators

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On April 13, fire officials from throughout Illinois traveled to Springfield for Fire Service Legislative Day. They talked with state legislators about important issues regarding the fire service and fire safety. Even fire sprinklers were an important topic as many legislators visited a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer outside the Capitol. A total of 35 live fire sprinkler demonstrations were conducted. Representative Donald Moffitt was recognized with a customized, mounted fire axe plaque and House...
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Lake Zurich Fire & Rescue Educates High School Students About Fire Sprinklers

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Over the course of two days toward the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Lake Zurich Fire & Rescue officials educated about 300 Lake Zurich High School sophomores about fire sprinklers and showed them live demonstrations in a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer.
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