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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.   November 2016   McDonald’s Bolingbrook Fire Department The fast-food restaurant’s fire sprinkler system extinguished a fire caused by a fryer. Bolingbrook Patch   Prestwick Senior Community Galena Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the three-story senior living apartment complex put out a fire caused by a stove that was accidentally left on by a resident. No one...
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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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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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May 14: View Donated Fire Sprinkler System in Manhattan Homes For Our Troops House

May 14: View Donated Fire Sprinkler System in Manhattan Homes For Our Troops House

On Saturday, May 14, at 10:00am, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board will conduct a walkthrough of Captain Anthony Simone’s Manhattan home from Homes for Our Troops, which features a donated fire sprinkler system. Also, a fire sprinkler demonstration will be conducted.  
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Fire Pump Class Reaches More Than 80 Building & Fire Officials

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On April 5, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) presented a class on NFPA 20 (Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection) to more than 80 building and fire officials at Sprinkler Fitter Local Union #281. NFSA consultant Brad Cronin guided participants through the basic operating principles of fire pumps; the components that make up fire pump packages, and the requirements for acceptance testing for fire pumps to ensure...
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CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities

Thanks to Emergency Management Alliance for sending this information: On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long-term-care (LTC) facilities; critical access hospitals (CAHs); inpatient hospice facilities; programs for all inclusive care for the elderly (PACE); religious non-medical healthcare institutions (RNHCI); ambulatory...
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Forty-Two Sprinkler Demonstrations in One Day at Ravinia Festival

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Thank you to Colin and Dan from the Wilmette Fire Department for assisting the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board on May 1 with a total of 42 demonstrations in the fire sprinkler demonstration trailer at the Ravinia Festival venue in Highland Park.  
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HFSC Offers $1,500 Stipends for Fire Departments Partnering with Technical/Vocational Schools

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The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is offering three $1,500 stipends for fire departments to create a partnership with instructors and students at a local high school or technical/vocational school (for future homebuilders, residential architects, etc.). The purpose of the partnership will be to carry out a brief home fire sprinkler education program with the students and to host a live fire and sprinkler burn demonstration in 2016. The goal of the stipends...
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Illinois Sees Surge in Youth Fire Victims and Multiple-Fatality Fires in Early 2016

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Less than four months into 2016, Illinois has already experienced five youth fire deaths in residential buildings, only one less than the total for all of 2015. Three of the most recent youth fire deaths occurred in the last week. A one-year-old Crest Hill boy died in an apartment fire on April 16 and two- and four-year-old Kankakee boys died together in an apartment fire on April 13. The fire deaths in Kankakee also...
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NFSA Illinois Chapter Recognizes Palatine Fire Marshal Rick Marek for ITM Enforcement

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  At the March 10th National Fire Sprinkler Association – Illinois Chapter meeting, State Coordinator Bob Tinucci and Inspections, Testing & Maintenance (ITM) Committee Chair Shaun Maher presented Palatine Fire Marshal Rick Marek with a recognition award for his commitment to enforcing the NFPA 25 ITM standard for water-based fire protection systems within his community. “The thing that made Rick Marek stand out from other ITM advocates is that he was proactively enforcing the...
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Fire Sprinkler Saved the Day and the Game at U.S. Cellular Field

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An early morning fire Friday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago triggered another successful activation of a fire sprinkler system. This fire sprinkler save was the second to have occurred at U.S. Cellular Field since its opening in 1991. Only 12 hours before the season opener for the Chicago White Sox against the Cleveland Indians, a fire was reported in a first-floor storage unit near Gate 2 at the stadium. The fire was out...
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Fire Sprinkler System Protects Residents and Property During Fire at Orland Park Retirement Home Fire

On the morning of April 5, 2016, a fire sprinkler system quickly controlled a fire in the basement maintenance area of Lexington Health Care retirement home in Orland Park. The fire sprinkler system activated as the fire, which was caused by a coffee maker on a shelf, spread to a desk and an adjacent wall. Fire officials said the quick response of the fire sprinkler system saved lives and minimized damage, stating that it...
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