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Keep Up to Date with Residential Fire Fatalities in Illinois

Keep Up to Date with Residential Fire Fatalities in Illinois

The United States Fire Administration keeps an updated list of residential fire fatalities throughout the U.S. and Illinois that were captured by news sources. Visit the latest Illinois civilian residential fire death statistics. Also, subscribe to the e-newsletter to receive weekly updates.  
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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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Following Chief Gaines’ Death, Onieal Named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator

Following Chief Gaines’ Death, Onieal Named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator

Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy for the past 20 years and former acting chief in Jersey City, has been named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator following the death of Glenn Gaines who died in April 2015 of a heart attack while mowing his lawn. Read more information from Firehouse. NIFSAB remembers Gaines for...
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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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Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups During Wintry Weather

Freezing temperatures have settled into Illinois. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water damage by reminding local residents and businesses to simply check to be sure their fire sprinkler systems are protected for the colder weather temperatures, especially below freezing. The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory...
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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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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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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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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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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 is Everyone’s Fight: USFA Administrator Discusses Importance of Home Fire Sprinklers

Excerpt from Firehouse.com article: Firehouse recently interviewed Ernie Mitchell, administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA), to discuss USFA’s current projects. He discussed home fire sprinklers in detail: “Things are going full steam ahead at the USFA these days. While the projects run the gamut, they all have one central theme – enhance...
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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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Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Supports Home Fire Sprinklers

The national noprofit Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is “wholly supported by the property (re)insurance industry. IBHS’ mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss. IBHS does this by conducting research and advocating...
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Fire Fatality in Highland Park is Another Tragic Reminder of State’s Necessity for Updated Fire Protection Codes

In the early morning hours of Monday, September 24, a fire ravaged through a home in Highland Park, Illinois, killing one individual. By the time fire crews arrived, the roof had already collapsed and the house was a total loss. The neighboring home showed some signs of damage as well. According to an Illinois...
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Sprinklering America: We Can, We Should, and We Must

In May, the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy (NFA) held the 24th annual Graduate Symposium for the Executive Fire Office Program at the NFA in Emmittsburg, Maryland. This year’s theme for the approximately 180 NFA alumni in attendance was “Sprinklering America: We Can, We Should, and We Must,” providing an emphasis on...
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Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator: Flashover & Residential Fire Sprinklers

In an article from Fire Engineering magazine, “Time Out — Out of Time: Flashover and Residential Sprinklers,” Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines asks the fire service to reconsider the assumption that residents have about five minutes until flashover during house fires. Here’s a brief excerpt: Recently there has been much discussion in...
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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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Educate Local Officials About Fire Sprinklers With USFA’s Civilian Residential Fire Fatalities Update

For those fire officials who are seeking information that will help them with their goal to include residential fire sprinklers in their local codes, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) offers a regularly delivered e-mail alert on non-arson-related civilian fire fatalities. Subscribe to the e-mail alert. Then, sign up for the “Civilian Residential Fire...
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