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Six Family Members Dead in Late Night Lost Nation House Fire – A Tragic Example of Rural Fire Risk

A fast-moving house fire struck the rural community of Lost Nation, near Dixon, overnight, killing six family members including four children and several pets. According to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, one of the residents of the home called 9-1-1 just after midnight, reporting smoke in the basement. Eight fire departments from the surrounding...
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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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Home Fire Sprinklers: A Status Update

Four years have passed since the January 1, 2011, effective date established by the International Residential Code (IRC) for newly constructed homes to have fire sprinkler systems, and while adoption of this requirement at the state and local level has trailed initial expectations, measurable progress has been and continues to be made. Two states,...
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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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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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Multiple-Fatality Home Fire Brings Attention to Village of Arlington Heights’ Omission of Home Fire Sprinklers in Building Code

An early morning fire on November 6th, swept through a two-story, single-family home in Arlington Heights killing three adults. Fire officials said that portions of the house collapsed, which made search and rescue difficult. According to the United States Fire Administration, the number of civilian residential fire fatalities in Illinois now totals 84 fatalities...
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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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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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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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Gurnee Passes Progressive Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance

On June 18, officials from the Village of Gurnee passed a residential fire sprinkler ordinance by adopting the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), which will require fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family homes and townhomes effective immediately. The International Code Council’s IRC began requiring fire sprinklers in the 2009 edition and...
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FireRescue Editor Rallies Fire Service for Home Fire Sprinklers

FireRescue Editor Rallies Fire Service for Home Fire Sprinklers

In the “From the Editor” section of the October issue of FireRescue magazine, Timothy Sendelbach discusses the current state of the national residential fire sprinkler movement. Talking to firefighters, Sendelbach says that “in cases of human error, criminal intent and accidents, the next best form of fire protection (after public education and prevention) is the...
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Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District Burning Down (Half of) the House

When most Illinois fire departments choose to do a fire sprinkler demonstration to educate public officials and the community about the devastating effects of fire and the benefits of fire sprinklers, they choose the ever-popular side-by-side demonstration. The demonstration features two eight-by-eight-foot cubes that have been constructed and furnished to look like identical rooms...
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U.S. Fire Administrator Visits Chicagoland Area

As part of the activities for the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association‘s (IFIA) Fall Safety Seminar in November 2010, Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines was invited as a guest speaker. According to George Michehl, executive director of the IFIA, Gaines addressed his vision for the future of fire prevention at the U.S. Fire Administration,...
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Normal Fire Department Hosts 300th Side-by-Side Fire Sprinkler Demonstration in Illinois

As part of its National Fire Prevention Week activities, the Normal Fire Department hosted a fire sprinkler demonstration on October 6, 2010, that was recognized as being the 300th side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration in Illinois. The demonstration included two similarly furnished rooms — one equipped with fire sprinklers and the other not. More than...
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AFSA, NFSA, ICC & CPSE Sign Historical Agreement

More than 3,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives each year to fires and 84% of those who die do so in their homes. While smoke alarms provide an early warning signal of smoke or fire, fire sprinklers respond to fires while they are still small, controlling the spread of deadly heat, flames...
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