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2013 – Issue 5 – June/July

NIFSAB Concerned About Recent High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Misinformation

Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), is working to get the facts straight about retrofitting fire sprinklers in Chicago high-rise buildings built prior 1975, before fire sprinklers were required. That’s because there is a lot of misinformation about fire sprinkler costs and code compliance currently circulating among...
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NIFSAB Concerned About Recent Home Fire Sprinkler Misinformation

Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), is working to get the facts straight about home fire sprinklers in relation to the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s June 28th filing of rule changes to update the state fire code, NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. The code update would...
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Bill Introduced to Senate Could Benefit Chicago High-Rise Owners and Residents

U.S. Senators Carper and Collins introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013, legislation that strengthens tax incentives for building owners to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers that can save lives and countless dollars in property loss from fires. If passed, this legislation is good news for...
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NAHB: Homebuyers Can Afford Higher Priced Homes – Not Fire Sprinklers?

Reposted from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: By Maria Figueroa According to an article from Housing Wire, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is convincing buyers that they can afford a higher-priced new home by utilizing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing & Urban...
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NFPA: Total Cost of Fire Up 38 Percent from 1980


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released an updated report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It can be seen from the report that the total cost of fire in 2010, adjusted for inflation, is 38 percent higher than in 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)...
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Survey: Americans’ Misconceptions about Fire Safety in the Home

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) revealed that 65 percent of Americans feel safer from the dangers of fire at home. Only 10 percent feel safer in a commercial or public building. “This is an alarming misconception,” said Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s program manager. “Actually, fires in dwellings...
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NIFSAB’s Tom Lia Honored with NFPA’s “Home Fire Sprinkler Champion” Award

NFPA President Jim Shannon (left) awards NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia with the "Home Fire Sprinkler Champion" award.

On April 15, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognized Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), with the first-ever “Home Fire Sprinkler Champion” award for his successful home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts in Illinois. Lia was presented the award during the NFPA’s Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in...
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Over Ninety Communities in Illinois Now Have Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements with Additions of Hazel Crest and Niles


The State of Illinois has reached a fire safety milestone with over 90 communities now requiring fire sprinklers in new construction one- and two-family homes. The number now stands at 91 with the villages of Hazel Crest and Niles recently passing home fire sprinkler requirements that will result in safer homes for residents and...
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Fire Sprinkler Advocates Wilcox (Park Forest) & Trayling (Lake Zurich) Retire

Lake Zurich Fire Rescue's Assistant Fire Marshal Guy Trayling (center) and Fire Chief David Wheelock (right) with NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia (left).

On March 29, two leading advocates of home fire sprinkler protection in Illinois, Park Forest Fire Chief Robert Wilcox and Lake Zurich Assistant Fire Marshal Guy Trayling, retired and left behind their legacies within the Illinois fire service. Both leave safer communities behind due to their dedication to provide residents with the best home fire...
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Successful Activations (June/July 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (June/July 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   May 2013   College Station Apartments Normal Fire Department The automatic fire sprinkler system in the apartment building extinguished a stovetop fire. The fire began when oil being heated in a pan ignited and the resident attempted to...
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9 Fires Documentary: Telling the Rest of the Story About Campus-Related Fires


The 9 Fires documentary is the story of nine campus-related fires across the nation that happened within a three-week period in January and February 2012. It tells “the rest of the story” of the impact that these fires had on the families, the survivors, the schools and the community. The nine fires include residence...
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If you enjoy reading the Fire Sprinkler Times to hear about the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board‘s (NIFSAB) latest news and events, you’ll also enjoy NIFSAB’s Facebook page. Connect with us socially through wall posts and join the conversations about fire sprinklers in Illinois. Also, we are able to post more pictures from...
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