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Building Safety Month: Invest in Technology for Safety

Each year, the month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month worldwide. The public awareness campaign, which was founded by the International Code Council, is designed to “help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building...
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March is Almost Done. Have You Started Fire Sprinkler Testing?

March is over now,    time to fully implement your NFPA 25 Water Based Fire Protection Regular Testing Program.  To obtain the latest information on fire sprinkler testing as called out in the ICC and NFPA codes, which refer to NFPA 25 go to www.firesprinklertesting.org  
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Illinois Sees Surge in Youth Fire Victims and Multiple-Fatality Fires in Early 2016

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...
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NFPA 13D Class is Huge Success at SBOC Spring Training Institute

On March __, 18, 2016, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board presented a full-day seminar on NFPA 13D, “Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D,” to approximately 150 attendees at the Suburban Building Officials Conference’s (SBOC) 61st Annual Spring Training Institute. Instructor Bob Upson, M.S.F.P.E., manager of engineering services for the National Fire Sprinkler...
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NFSA Members Can Vote in the 2016 ICC Group B Codes

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The new code development cycle is in full swing. This is a call-to-action to become an International Code Council (ICC) member by March of 2016. The specific deadline in March has not been posted by ICC yet, but do not delay because this is the key fire sprinkler...
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Peoria Home Fire Death Occurs One Week Ahead of Construction Commission’s Meeting on Home Fire Sprinklers

On the morning of June 11, a 54-year-old man died from a house fire in Peoria. The fatal fire occurred one week prior to the city’s Construction Commission meeting, which will be open for public comment on home fire sprinklers in the next building code update. The meeting is being held at City Hall...
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President Obama Issues Proclamation Declaring May as Building Safety Month

President Obama Issues Proclamation Declaring May as Building Safety Month

  Each year, the International Code Council designates May as Building Safety Month and promotes weekly themes that encourage building code development and enforcement across the United States. The first week’s theme, “Don’t Get Burned – Build to Code,” directly ties into residential fire sprinklers being in the International Residential Code since its 2009...
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Riverdale Mayor: Trust Home Fire Sprinkler Recommendations in Model Codes

  The Village of Riverdale recently became one of nearly 100 fire-safe communities in Illinois where fire sprinklers are required in new construction single-family homes. The Village Board enacted the requirement through its adoption of the International Code Council‘s 2012 International Residential Code. “Along with Blue Island, which passed a home fire sprinkler requirement...
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Mokena Fire Deaths Highlight Recent Omission of Home Fire Sprinklers from Will County Building Code

In the early morning on June 11, a fire tore through a home in an unincorporated area of southwest suburban Mokena, killing an elderly couple before they were able to escape their home. In addition, a Mokena police officer was treated for smoke inhalation after trying to rescue the occupants. Tom Lia, executive director...
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A Tale of Two Motel Fires

On March 21, 2014, a fire at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Peru, Illinois, was caused by an air conditioning/heating unit shorting out in one of the rooms. Thanks to the successful activation of the motel’s fire sprinkler system, the fire was contained to the room of origin. The quick response of...
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Building Safety Month Focuses on Fire Sprinkler Protection

This May, jurisdictions across the United States will celebrate advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes as part of the International Code Council‘s (ICC) national Building Safety Month. For the last 34 years, the Building Safety Month campaign has focused on improving public safety by increasing awareness about how building...
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Fire Sprinkler Advocate Bob Gorvett (Hoffman Estates) Retires

Chief Bob Gorvett retired from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department at the end of June after being involved with the fire department for his entire fire service career of 41 years — three years as a volunteer firefighter followed by 38 years as a full-time member. He served as the fire chief of the...
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Fire Sprinkler Advocate George Michehl (Buffalo Grove) Retires

Deputy Fire Marshal George Michehl retired in August after nine years with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Prior to joining the department, Michehl spent over 28 years with the Glenview Fire Department (and Glenbrook Fire Protection District). In addition to educating his local community with educational materials and side-by-side demonstrations, Michehl had been a...
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Westchester Becomes Fire-Safe Community, Joining 90 Other Illinois Communities with Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements

In November 2013, the Village of Westchester voted to amend and update its building code, which included a requirement for fire sprinkler systems in new construction single-family homes. With the passage, Westchester is now one of 91 Illinois communities with home fire sprinkler requirements, resulting in safer homes for residents and responding firefighters alike....
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Center for Public Safety Excellence Now Accredits Fire Sprinkler Installers

Recognizing the importance of fire sprinklers as a means to significantly reduce deaths and the costs of residential fires, the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Board of Directors approved plans to offer a new accreditation program for installers of residential fire sprinkler systems on June 21, 2013. Modeled on the accreditation model of...
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10th Anniversary of Station Nightclub Fire and Status of Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act

A Joint Statement from the following organizations: American Fire Sprinkler Association Common Voices Congressional Fire Services Institute Fire Team USA International Association of Arson Investigators International Association of Fire Chiefs International Code Council International Fire Service Training Association International Society of Fire Service Instructors National Association of State Fire Marshals National Fallen Firefighters Foundation...
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Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

On March 6, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host an NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium at Medinah Banquets in Addison. In addition to other notable speakers, the keynote speaker will be California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, who helped California pass statewide requirements for home fire sprinklers....
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FEMA Grant Helps Funds Fire Sprinkler System for Wheeling’s Last Unprotected Fire Station

The Wheeling Fire Department and the Village itself have been advocates for fire sprinklers dating back to the 1980s, so it was no surprise when Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac advocated for Fire Station 23, which was built in 1978, to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. After all, Fire Station 23 was the only one...
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Tragic Fire in Rockford Highlights Need for Home Fire Sprinklers, Especially for High-Risk Populations

On the morning of January 7, 2013, a tragic fire caused by a Christmas tree swept through a single-family home in Rockford, killing four people: a 10-month-old baby, 13-year-old boy, a special-needs man in his 20s, and a woman in her 60s. Two other family members were able to escape, however, they had to...
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Elgin Becomes 83rd Jurisdiction in Illinois to Require Home Fire Sprinklers

On October 23, the City Council of Elgin voted in favor of adopting residential fire sprinkler requirements as part of the City’s code updates. Stemming from a compromise of the International Code Council‘s model 2012 International Residential Code, all new construction one- and two-family homes and townhouses that are to be annexed into Elgin...
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Vernon Hills Upgrades Codes to Include Residential Fire Sprinklers, Protecting Both Residents & Firefighters from Fire

On October 16, the Village Board in Vernon Hills, Illinois, updated the Village’s fire and building codes to include fire sprinkler protection in new construction one- and two-family homes effective 30 days from adoption. The update, which coincidentally occurred during Fire Prevention Month, makes Vernon Hills the 82nd jurisdiction in Illinois to require home...
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Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Fire in Glen Ellyn Home, Further Validating Village’s Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance

On the night of August 18, a fire sprinkler system in a six-year-old home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, contained and extinguished a kitchen fire before it was able to become destructive and possibly deadly. The fire was caused by a coffee maker that was too close to a gas stovetop, where a boiling pot...
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Blue Island Protects Residents & Firefighters with 79th Progressive Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance in Illinois

Officials from the City of Blue Island, Illinois, recently updated the City’s fire and building codes to require fire sprinkler protection in all new construction one- and two-family homes and townhomes effective immediately. The new residential fire sprinkler requirements were adopted as part of the 2012 editions of NFPA 1 Fire Code and the...
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Hoffman Estates Chief Gorvett Remains Strong Advocate for Home Fire Sprinklers

When Fire Chief Robert Gorvett and others from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department first began advocating for residential fire sprinklers within the Village boundaries in 1999, they were met with some opposition. As single-family homes and townhomes were being built on the west side of town, property developers were opposing all proposals for fire...
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State & National Legislators Witness Dramatic Displays of Fire Protection at Illinois Fire Service “Home Day”

In mid-June, over 100 leaders of the Illinois fire service converged upon Wheeling, Illinois, for Illinois Fire Service Home Day, an annual fire service event that showcases emergency response equipment and fire protection efforts. Hosted by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association of Illinois at the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Readiness Center, the...
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