2018 – Issue 5 – December

Ring in the New Year with a Bang, Not a Ban

Ring in the New Year with a Bang, Not a Ban

As we approach the start of a new year, it’s worth taking stock of what we might do better. In many ways, the past year was marked by unprecedented division, including in local and regional sprinkler codes. As the map here shows, some states had great success (brown) and were able to pass lifesaving...
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110 Fire Safe Communities in Illinois – Is Yours One of Them?

110 Fire Safe Communities in Illinois – Is Yours One of Them?

Congratulations to the following municipalities. They are among the 110 communities in northeastern Illinois that have already followed the recommendations made by FEMA and NFPA by adopting residential fire sprinkler ordinances for new single-family homes. Residential fire sprinklers save lives. Is yours one of them? See complete list.  
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Successful Activations (December 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (December 2018 Edition)

DECEMBER 2018   Fire at a Dress Shop Stopped by Sprinklers ROCKFORD, IL (December 24, 2018)—The Rockford Fire Department responded to an alarm at a local business, which sold dresses. Once inside, firefighters found smoke inside and an extinguished fire thanks to a sprinkler system. Fire damage was limited to a small area of...
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The Most Progressive Communities’ Fire Sprinkler Thresholds Rankings

The Most Progressive Communities’ Fire Sprinkler Thresholds Rankings

These Illinois municipalities are the most progressive communities with the following fire sprinkler threshold rankings: City Square Foot List 13D Ordinance List of Towns   110 towns with NFPA 13D (yellow shade in the “City Square Foot List” file) means that this town also protects all new single-family and single-family attached townhomes with residential...
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Five Illinois Towns Adopted Codes That Require Fire Sprinklers in New Single-Family Homes

Wauconda, Palatine, Elk Grove Village, Rock Island, and Lake Forest upgraded their codes or passed ordinances during 2018 requiring fire sprinklers in all new construction homes. That brings the list of towns and districts with NFPA 13D requirement to 110. According to the NFPA, a house fire can become deadly in less than two...
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Protect Your Community from Fire and Floods

Protect Your Community from Fire and Floods

Adopt the latest model building and fire codes, which include fire sprinkler requirements for homes and businesses. Removing fire sprinkler sections from the model codes has unintended consequences: WEAKENED ISO RATING and REDUCED FLOOR DAMAGE REIMBURSEMENT. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will not reimburse your citizens at 100% if you adopt a model code with sections of...
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Fifty Single-Family Homes Retrofitted with Home Fire Sprinklers When Converted to Student Housing

Fifty Single-Family Homes Retrofitted with Home Fire Sprinklers When Converted to Student Housing

Fifty single-family homes converted to student dwellings, located just off the Lindenwood University’s Belleville, Illinois campus, have been retrofitted with home fire sprinklers. Belleville Fire Department assistant chief, JP Penet, said “the ‘change of use’ from private homes to university-owned student dwellings triggered the installation of fire sprinklers, in order to comply with Illinois’...
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Be in the Know: NIFSAB References

Be in the Know: NIFSAB References

Fire sprinklers are the single most effective way to protect occupants and first responders from fires. They are each individually activated by the heat from a fire, preventing flames and toxic smoke from spreading. NIFSAB’s FREE resources can be used as part of your education and outreach, to promote proper inspection, testing and maintenance...
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Fire Sprinkler Prevents Flash from Grease Fire from Spreading in Long Grove Restaurant

A fire sprinkler stopped a fireball caused by a grease fryer in a Long Grove restaurant. The cook was moving the fryer to change the oil when the flash occurred. The cook was burned from the flash fire. Heat from fire activated the sprinkler allowing the cook to escape from the kitchen. The sprinkler...
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WGN Radio’s Lou Manfredini Interviews Bryan LaRoche from Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

WGN Radio’s Lou Manfredini Interviews Bryan LaRoche from Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

On Saturday, November 17 at 8:35 a.m., Bryan LaRoche, Director of Training with Sprinkler Fitters Union 281, was featured on the Lou Manfredini HouseSmarts Radio Show on WGN 720AM. Listen to the 8-minute interview below.    
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