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VIDEO: Protect Your Family with Home Fire Sprinklers

As national Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15) nears and fire departments prepare their public education activities for the weeklong event, a newly released video aims to educate homeowners about the dangers of fires in today’s homes as well as the benefits of home fire sprinklers. The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a nonprofit...
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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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Letter to Editor: Double-Fatal Fire in Champaign on Easter Eve

Below is a “letter to the editor” from Tom Harnsberger (retired fire chief and current treasurer for the Carroll Fire Protection District) in response to the Champaign house fire that killed two individuals on the eve of Easter: Grief pours out for the tragic loss of the young lives of Christian Sheehan and Sara...
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HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of NFFF, and Chief Kevin Quinn, chairman of NVFC, will represent the groups on the Board. “Our Board of Directors...
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Illinois Residential Fire Deaths Increased in 2014; Fire Safety Advocates Say Fire Sprinklers Needed in New Homes

Illinois Residential Fire Deaths Increased in 2014; Fire Safety Advocates Say Fire Sprinklers Needed in New Homes

Last year, Illinois experienced 104 civilian residential fire deaths. According to the United States Fire Administration, this was an increase of over 9 percent from both 2012 and 2013. Also, 2015 is off to a poor start with eight deaths to date. Fire safety advocates say there’s already a solution to preventing residential fire...
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Research: Today’s Homes Burning Faster

Research: Today’s Homes Burning Faster

The latest fire tests and research from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) indicate that home fires are burning faster and hotter than fires of the past — a growing issue for responding firefighters. While new homes have many advantages, they also present many unique fire hazards. According...
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Sprinklers Could Have Prevented Death & Injuries in Eight-Story Senior Living Center

On the night of December 11, a fire killed a 51-year-old, wheelchair-bound male and injured two females in an eight-story senior living building at 737 East 69th Street in Chicago. “Fire deaths can occur in residential buildings on any floor, not just those higher than eight stories or above the reach of the highest...
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Illinois Fire and Building Officials Meet to Strengthen Commitment to Home Fire Sprinkler Protection

Nearly 26 years since the Village of Long Grove enacted fire sprinkler requirements for new construction homes, Illinois now has 92 communities with such requirements. Many of those communities’ officials attended a special meeting at Lewis University’s Oak Brook campus this February. Local fire and building officials discussed their home fire sprinkler requirements and...
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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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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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Fire-Safe Communities Recognized at Illinois Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

On March 6, at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium in Addison, several communities in Illinois were honored for making themselves fire-safe communities for residents and firefighters alike by passing fire sprinkler ordinances for new construction homes in 2012. They are representative of 88 jurisdictions in Illinois to have such an ordinance....
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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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New Guide Clears Up Confusion About Home Fire Sprinkler Water Supply & Usage

In communities across the U.S. and Canada, a growing number of one- and two-family homes are being built with fire sprinkler systems. But when questions and confusion arise about water supply, they can hamper installations and result in needless costs to homeowners. To answer common questions about sprinkler technology and provide detailed information about...
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Wilmette Passes Fire Sprinkler Ordinance Due To Concerns With Lightweight Construction

Officials from Wilmette, Illinois, passed the village’s first residential fire sprinkler ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in all new homes that are being built with lightweight construction. With the passage of this ordinance, the Village of Wilmette becomes the 67th jurisdiction in Illinois to pass residential fire sprinkler legislation. Wilmette’s residential fire sprinkler ordinance is...
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