National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) News

NFSA findings show lack of fire sprinklers in residential properties caused casualties in four major fires

The latest national codes recognise fire sprinklers as a proven technology for preventing deadly fires In just 11 days, four major fires have drawn the nation's attention to the dangers associated with older residential properties that do not have fire sprinkler systems. The fires included three in apartment buildings and one in an extended living hotel. Although all the incidents involved low-rise buildings, the fires spread quickly, trapping many occupants on upper floors an...

NFPA honors Jim Dalton with the prestigious James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal for advocacy efforts

NFPA’s James M. Shannon Medal awarded to Jim Dalton in recognition of his work The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced Jim Dalton as the 2018 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal for his career long commitment and passion for fire safety culminating with his efforts that led to the passage of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. NFPA’s Fire and Public Safety initiatives The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal was established in honor of Jim Shannon, who ser...

AFSA, NFSA, ICC and CPSE come to agreement on sprinklers and fire protection

A Joint Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by NFSA, ASFA, ICC and CPSE AFSA, NFSA, ICC, CPSE sign a historical agreement. More than 3,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives each year to fires and 84 percent of those who die do so in their home. While smoke alarms provide an early warning signal of smoke or fire, sprinklers installed in ceilings respond to fires while they are still small, controlling the spread of deadly heat, flames and toxic smoke, as well as...

City of Portland approves installation of fire sprinklers in all new homes

Portland's new building codes will make the installation of fire sprinklers in homes mandatory  Portland has approved building code changes emphasizing installation of fire sprinkler systems in all new homes, effective  September 15. The city of Portland, has approved building code changes that will require all new one- and two-family homes and town houses built in the city to be equipped with life-saving fire sprinkler systems. These new codes will take effect on S...

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania sprinkler decision applauded by NFSA

Pennsylvania court has made the installation of fire sprinkler systems in homes compulsory The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., applauds the decision made by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S. applauds the decision made by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that determines t...

New edition of the fire sprinkler book released by NFSA

NFSA releases the second edition of its most popular book on Fire Sprinkler Systems  The NFSA announces the publication of the 2nd Edition of its popular textbook: Layout, Detailing and Calculation of Fire Sprinkler Systems. This text remains the most complete book ever written for the fire sprinkler engineering technician. This newly revised textbook has been updated to reference the 2007 and 2010 editions of NFPA 13 with more examples, student exercises, new chapt...

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2010 introduced in the US House of Representatives

The fire protection legislation is expected to accelerate cost recovery of fire sprinkler retrofits Passage of this landmark fire protection legislation will accelerate cost recovery of fire sprinkler retrofits. On Friday, January 22, 2010, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as primary cosponsor, introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2010. The bill is the Senate companion bill to HR 1194 in the House of Representatives introduced la...

California adopts International Residential Code with residential sprinkler requirement

  The new code will require fire sprinklers in all new homes, beginning 2011 The residential sprinkler requirement was voted into the 2009 IRC Code by building code officials from all over the U.S.The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., has announced the State of California has adopted building code changes that will require all new one- and two-family homes and town houses built in the st...

NFSA announces 2010 Annual Award winners - Ausmus Marburger wins the Golden Sprinkler

Ausmus Marburger named recipient of the Association's highest honor - the Golden Sprinkler Award Ausmus Marburger named recipient of the Association's highest honor -- the Golden Sprinkler Award. The Awards Committee of The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., has announced that it has named Ausmus Marburger of Fire Protection Industries in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, as the 2010 recipien...

The National Fire Sprinkler Association creates online resource toolbox to assist community leaders with fire sprinkler code adoption

The life-saving technology of fire sprinklers has been around for more than 100 years The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) has announced the availability of a new, online resource toolbox to provide community leaders with the latest available assets and information to assist with planning issues at the local level. The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., has announced the availabili...

Study reveals effectiveness of fire sprinklers in home fires

Prince George's County recorded no deaths in fires in any homes protected by home sprinklers Recent findings from a key study show the overwhelming effectiveness of mandatory home fire sprinklers in saving lives in municipalities with mandatory fire sprinkler codes for homes. Prince George's County, Md., the first county in the nation to require residential fire sprinklers in its building code, has reported that since 1992, when the code was first adopted, there...

Sprinklers compulsory in new American homes from 2011

All new one- and two- family dwellings in the US are to have residential fire sprinklers starting 2011   American homes are one step closer to being more fire-safe, following an October 28 vote at the International Code Council (ICC) hearings in Baltimore, Md. The vote reaffirmed national building codes making it mandatory for all new one- and two- family dwellings to have residential fire sprinklers starting in 2011. American homes are one step closer to b...

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