New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

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Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy & Awareness Toolbox

Every year in New York, more than 100 residents die as a result of a home fire and more than 1,000 are injured severely enough to require hospitalization. Unfortunately, firefighters that respond to residential fires are also at risk. Every year, firefighters in New York die trying to save community members from fire.

Smoke alarms are proven to cut the risk of fire death in half. However, smoke alarms do not always help high risk groups, such as the disabled, small children, or older adults who may hear the alarm but are unable to exit the home on their own. Furthermore, today’s fires have been shown to burn faster and hotter than in the past. The reality is that a home fire can quickly turn deadly for both civilians and the firefighters trying to battle the blaze.

Fortunately, home fire sprinklers can reduce the risks to both civilians and firefighters. The presence of a home fire sprinkler system has been proven to cut the risk of dying in a fire by 82 percent and reduce property loss by 70 percent. In addition, a home fire sprinkler system will stop a fire from growing and spreading out of control, preserving the integrity of the structure and preventing firefighter injuries and deaths.

Home fire sprinklers are not only effective, but also affordable when installed in new construction. Home fire sprinklers are an obvious choice for fire safety!

NYSAFC’s Home Fire Sprinkler PSA


 

Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

Since June 2014, NYSAFC has been the coordinating partner for the New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative, which seeks to increase the prevalence of home fire sprinklers statewide. The New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative includes state and community-level agencies and fire service associations that work with national organizations to promote the installation of home fire sprinklers in new construction. The group also works to increase awareness of the effectiveness and affordability of home fire sprinklers.

The New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative recently advocated for the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the provision to require sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. Unfortunately, the 2015 IRC was adopted but the sprinkler provision was removed. The New York Fire Sprinkler Initiative gathered support for an advocacy campaign that would require home fire sprinklers in newly constructed townhouses. This would be a first step in assuring these lifesaving devices are installed in residential structures statewide.

Home Fire Sprinkler Awareness Brochure

NYSAFC has developed a fire sprinkler awareness brochure to help fire safety educators, sprinkler advocates, and code officials encourage installation of home fire sprinklers in their communities. The brochure shares facts about the affordability and effectiveness of home fire sprinklers and dispels the most common myths about the lifesaving systems. Email NYSAFC Grants Administrator Sue Syzdek for details about how to request more brochures for your organization.

Additional Advocacy Resources

Additional home fire sprinkler advocacy tools and materials can be found on the following websites:

  • National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s Advocacy Tools page
  • Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s Fire Service page (contains public service announcements, videos, and educational resources that can be used to advocate for home fire sprinklers)
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Sprinkler Resources Toolbox (contains reports and documents that can be used to advocate for building code changes)
  • National Fire Protection Association’s Faces of Fire (a campaign of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative that features stories of people impacted by fire and demonstrates the need for home fire sprinklers)
     
Home Fire Sprinkler Resources

Want to learn more about home fire sprinklers? Visit some of these websites to get the facts about the effectiveness and affordability of sprinklers.