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2016 – Issue 3 – Fall/Winter

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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