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2018 – Issue 1 – Winter

Fire Sprinkler Organization Responds to Inaccurate Information about High Rise Fire Safety Following Fires in Hancock Building

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 23, 2018) – Recent fires in a Chicago high-rise building formerly known as the John Hancock Center, prove that fire detection alone is not safe. Two separate kitchen fires were reported on February 18; one was on the 52nd floor; the other was on the 69th floor. A 32-year-old personal...
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Successful Activations (Winter 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (Winter 2018 Edition)

FEBRUARY 2018 Accidental Kitchen Fire at Caroll Towers apartment building ST. CHARLES, IL (February 22, 2018) – The St. Charles Fire Department responded to a fire that trapped a female occupant in her second floor apartment when combustible materials that were left on the stove caught fire. The sprinkler system inside the building held...
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ABC Chicago 7 I-Team Report: Fires at Iconic Mag Mile Tower Point to Sprinkler Concern

http:// Chicago, IL (ABC Chicago 7 News) – (February 20, 2018) – A few days after the name of the John Hancock Center was changed, an old concern has surfaced: lack of fire sprinklers in the residential portion of the skyscraper. The I-Team has learned that fires broke out in two different apartments on...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected with Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 18, 2018) – A fire on the 52nd floor of the former John Hancock Center seriously injured a man early Sunday morning. The unit was not protected with a fire sprinkler system. While the commercial floors have fire sprinklers, the residential units from the 44th to the 92nd floor do...
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Rock Island Fire Department Explains Importance of New Fire Sprinkler Mandate In Residential Homes

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – February 14, 2018 – Since 2009, the international fire code has called for fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed residential homes. Watch KWQC-TV6 News Segment:  http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Rock-Island-fire-department-explains-importance-of-new-fire-sprinkler-mandate-in-residential-homes–474109133.html   Cities can make changes to the code before adopting it to their jurisdiction. In November, the city of Rock Island adopted the code in...
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Rock Island Fire Chief Breaks Down Changes To City’s Fire Code

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. –  February 8, 2018 – Rock Island recently adopted new fire and building codes back in November. The update requires all new homes to have automatic sprinkler systems. Rock Island Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey joined Local 4 News to explain why the change was made. He says studies show 77% of all structure...
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New Website and Video Provide Important Information about Inspecting, Testing and Maintaining Fire Sprinkler Systems in Various Buildings

ORLAND PARK, IL (January 17, 2018) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) has released FireSprinklerTesting.org, a new website that provides important information about inspecting, testing and maintaining (ITM) fire sprinkler systems in various types of buildings. A new companion video is featured on the website. According to Tom Lia, NIFSAB executive...
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Fire sprinklers save Winnetka Community House fitness center

On December 28, Fire sprinklers kept a fire from spreading at the Winnetka Community House fitness center. The incident was caused when towels in a dryer caught fire. The blaze was contained in the laundry room and fitness center area, largely thanks to the building’s sprinkler system. “The sprinklers kind of held it in...
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