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UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 14PN-9)
The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinklers wrench boss is marked "TYCO" and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5" the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.
Name of Product: Upright TY3151; Pendent TY3251; Horizontal Sidewall PS007.
Location: The sprinklers have been found in Vietnam and India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
Identification: On the product: The product bears counterfeit UL and TYCO Marks and the following information on the upright TY3151 sprinkler. (Location - Vietnam)
Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings include: UL in a circle, 155°F/68°C, TY3151; "TYCO" cast into both sides of the wrench boss; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb -Job F5.
Authentic Fire Sprinkler Markings include: cULus in a circle, 155°F/68°C, SU, TY3151; "TYCO" incised on one side and the year of manufacture on the opposite side of wrench boss; Defector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb - "G" between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
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Residential Spending and Employment Surge; Private Nonresidential Spending Soars in First Half of Year...
Government data shows the uneven nature of the construction industry’s recovery, as the sector added 22,000 jobs in July, but suffered a pullback in spending in June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that uncertainty about federal funding for a range of infrastructure and construction programs is one reason for the uneven recovery.
“Construction employment and spending are both rising at a moderate year-over-year clip, but there have been some setbacks,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “While prospects for private construction remain largely favorable, inadequate public investment still threatens to keep too many workers idle.”
Construction employment totaled 6,041,000 in July, the highest total since May 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate of 7.5% was the lowest July number in seven years, Simonson noted. The sector’s employment rose by 211,000, or 3.6%, from a year earlier. Residential construction employers added 13,000 jobs in July and 115,600 (5.3%) over 12 months. Nonresidential construction employment increased by 9,100 for the month and 95,700 (2.6%) since July 2013. Simonson attributed the weaker growth in nonresidential employment to a decline in public construction spending.
“While the preliminary spending numbers for June show all segments of construction retreated from May levels, looking at the first six months of 2014 as a whole in comparison with the same period a year ago provides a more credible picture of construction trends than does a single-month snapshot,” Simonson commented. “For the first half of 2014, private spending climbed at double-digit rates, while public construction shrank. I expect both patterns to continue.”
Construction spending in June totaled $950 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 1.8% from the upwardly revised May total, Simonson noted. Spending for the first half of 2014 as a whole increased 7.8% from the same period in 2013. Private nonresidential spending fell 1.6% in June but increased 12.6% year-to-date, while private residential spending slipped 0.3% for the month but rose 10.3% year-to-date.
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Fire Sprinklers for All Commercial Buildings?
An article by Karen Ann Cullotta on July 15, 2014, in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, said Winnetka officials are considering a proposal that would require all commercial buildings to be equipped with fire sprinklers within five years.
The village passed an ordinance in 1977 requiring that sprinklers be installed in commercial buildings when there is a change of use at a location, such as a medical office being converted to a retail store, according to Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky. The new proposal would broaden that to require owners or tenants to put sprinklers in all commercial buildings, including private schools.
Since the 1977 ordinance went into effect, many businesses have installed fire sprinklers, Berkowsky said, including 64% of those located in the village’s West Elm business district.
In pushing for the new proposal, Berkowsky expressed particular concern about older buildings. He noted that a fire in February at a storefront restaurant in a historic building in downtown Mount Prospect quickly spread to adjacent businesses.
“When you lose a block like that, it has a long-term impact,” Berkowsky said.
In addition, Berkowsky said recent research by Underwriters Laboratories found that today’s commercial buildings are often filled with furnishings made of synthetics and polyurethane-based products that are highly flammable.
He said part of the research found old-style “legacy” furnishings made of sawn lumber and natural fibers would often smolder for as long 29 minutes before hitting the point of “flashover.” Modern-day furnishings often hit the flashover point in less than five minutes, Berkowsky said.
He added that if a venue is equipped with fire sprinklers, the blaze would likely be extinguished before it hits its flashover, and also limit the smoke damage to the building.
At a recent Winnetka Village Council meeting, building owner Glenn Weaver told officials that the proposed fire sprinkler ordinance would come with a steep cost and prove prohibitive for both landlords and tenants.
“Downtown Winnetka is a train wreck. … There’s all this vacant property because the village is not business-friendly,” Weaver said. “This shows a complete breach of trust with the community and an intellectually bankrupt leadership that is unwilling to face facts — the fire department can be anywhere in the village in three minutes,” Weaver said.
But resident Marc Hecht told officials he supports the village taking a leadership role on the fire sprinkler issue.
“Thirty-seven years should have been enough time to phase this in,” Hecht said. “All we need is one mistake to show how it would be a terrible decision not to go forward with this. If other towns on the North Shore are waiting to see what Winnetka does, Winnetka ought to do the right thing.”
Joshua Hucker, life safety plans examiner and fire inspector in Lake Forest, said officials there are updating a city ordinance enacted in 1991, including a requirement that fire sprinklers be installed not only for a change of use, but also when a building owner or tenant is making significant modifications...
“Our downtown Market Square business district is historic, and we need to protect spaces like that,” said Hucker.
Ottawa Nixes Home Sprinklers
An item by Charles Stanley posted July 3, 2014, on www.mywebtimes.com, Ottawa, Illinois, said one of the most significant changes in the new Ottawa building codes is what it doesn’t require: home fire sprinklers.
After months of consideration, the council approved the adoption of the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code as part of the city code. But a provision requiring fire sprinklers in new single-family residential construction was left out...
It was a tradeoff of added protection versus added cost, said Ottawa Building Official Mike Sutfin.
Strictly for safety reasons, Sutfin favors the residential sprinklers. “The last three residential fire deaths in this town very likely would have been prevented with residential sprinkling,” he said.
But, Sutfin said, after much discussion with fire chief and other city officials it was decided that, although the sprinklers were good from a safety standpoint, it was not the right time to add extra cost to the price of a new home. Sutfin said the concern was the estimated $3,000 for a home fire sprinkler system could deter new home construction in Ottawa and push builders to construct homes in other areas first.
Sutfin estimated only about 80 municipalities out of more than 2,000 in the state have mandated residential sprinkler systems — none of which are in La Salle County.
Farm Fire Raises Questions
An article by Merritt Clifton and posted by Martha Rosenberg on www.opednews.com, August 2, 2014, said a predawn fire on July 28 killed 65,000 hens at an Egg Innovations barn in Kosciusko County, Indiana, reviving attention to a two-year-old NFPA proposal to require sprinkler systems in farm animal housing.
Egg Innovations produces Blue Sky brand free range eggs, from hens that “have never been caged, and are free to roam inside and out of their barns during favorable weather,” the company advertises.
The lack of fire suppression systems in barns was spotlighted earlier in 2014 after a January 31 blaze killed 300,000 egg-laying hens at the S&R Egg Farm in La Grange, Wisconsin.
“In 2012, more than 600,000 farmed animals — mainly chickens and turkeys — died in fires in commercial housing facilities in the U.S.,” said United Poultry Concerns founder Karen Davis.
The NFPA in 2012 proposed an amendment to the 2013 edition of NFPA 150: Standard of Fire & Fire Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities that would have required all newly-built farmed animal housing facilities to have both sprinklers and smoke control systems.
NFPA data shows that firefighters respond to about 830 barn fires per year, doing $28 million worth of damage.
“The NFPA already requires sprinklers in facilities housing animals like bears and elephants who can’t be easily moved,” observed Rosenberg. “But 15 big ag groups, including the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, United Egg Producers, and cattle, pork, and dairy producers, appealed against the NFPA proposal and it was scrapped. The reason? Animals’ lives are not worth the cost, says big ag.”
Michael Formica, chief environmental counsel for the National Pork Producers Council, alleged that installing the NFPA-recommended fire protection systems would bring “staggering costs in the billions of dollars,” said that many farms lack “sufficient water supply available to service an automated sprinkler system,” and even that installing such systems and “the sprinkler water itself” would spread disease, Rosenberg recalled.
In truth, the existing water supply system serving the animals at any farm could double as a sprinkler system just by adding heat-sensitive sprinkler heads. No more water would be needed than the water already in the supply lines.
New Fire Safety Law
An article by Emily Stewart on August 7, 2014, in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, New York, said a new state law adds safety measures aimed at preventing residential fires, the latest regulations to come after a blaze killed three people in an off-campus fire near Marist College in 2012.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two bills to boost fire protections in homes. One bill will require written notices to be provided to future tenants detailing whether or not an individual home has a fire sprinkler system. The other bill would require builders of certain homes to provide buyers with details on the installation and upkeep of automatic sprinkler systems. The buyers would then have the right to request the sprinklers be installed by the builder at the buyer’s expense.
In January 2012, Marist College seniors Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, 21, and Eva Block, 21, and Dutchess Community College student Kevin Johnson, 21, died in a fire in a housing unit near the Poughkeepsie campus. Fitzsimons’ family and friends later founded the Kerry Rose Foundation to raise awareness with college students about fire safety.
In July 2013, Cuomo signed the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act, which required that colleges and universities give written fire safety information on whether or not their college housing facility is equipped with a fire sprinkler system.
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful that this law’s been passed,” said her father, Robert Fitzsimons, of Commack, Suffolk County. “We think the more awareness the public has about fire safety and fire sprinklers, the better off we’ll be. Especially our children at school, away from home. They need all the protection they can get.”
Fairview Fire Chief Chris Maeder said, “I am thankful that the Kerry Rose Foundation has continued their efforts in promoting fire safety through the lobbying for sprinkler laws. Structures that are built with sprinklers greatly enhance the safety of the occupants in the event of a fire.”
But, he added, notification of a lack of sprinklers without educating the occupants on fire safety does little.
Since 2000, 86 fatal fires have been documented on college campuses, in fraternity housing, or in off-campus housing within three miles of a campus — claiming 123 victims, according to a report in February from The Center for Campus Fire Safety, a Massachusetts-based group.
“I think this is fantastic,” said Leonard Splain, fire inspector for the Town of Poughkeepsie Building Department. “I think it’s a good educational thing for everybody, when they see there are choices when they go to sign a lease.”
Splain said it may motivate landlords to retrofit older homes with sprinkler systems. For new homes, he hopes buyers will see what a small percentage the cost of a sprinkler system is, compared with the total price of the house.
Panel Backs Change to Sprinkler Law
An article by Nicole Radzievich on July 8, 2014, in The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania, said nearly two decades ago, Bethlehem officials focused their eyes skyward as they worked to make high-rises safer by outfitting older buildings with sprinkler systems.
Recently, City Council’s public safety committee backed changes to the sprinkler law that would protect development taking shape at the former Bethlehem Steel plant: cavernous buildings sprawling outward instead of upward.
Under the proposal, warehouses — some with 2 million square feet of stock shelved on racks 40 feet high — would need to affix strobe lights outside to let firefighters know exactly which sprinkler systems are being activated. Some of the larger warehouses could have up to 50 sprinklers.
The goal is to try to get fire engines closer to the fire, said Craig Baer, deputy fire chief. Think about the size of the warehouses: Some are proposed to be nearly a half-mile long, and the city’s longest hose stretches 400 feet.
“These buildings are enormous,” Baer said. “If a truck is driving 15 miles an hour in the parking lot, it would take 2 minutes and 15 seconds to get from one end of the building to the other.”
And minutes count when fighting a fire, he said. With the “high storage fuel” of the items being stored, Baer said there is potential for a nasty fire. Sprinklers would keep the fire at bay...
Many of the larger warehouses are being pitched at the remote area of the Bethlehem Steel plant in a business park dubbed Bethlehem Majestic Center. Majestic last year welcomed its first tenant, Crayola, to an 800,280 sq. ft. warehouse, and a 1.2 million-sq. ft. warehouse is under construction next to it. In April, the Planning Commission endorsed plans for a 1.94 million-sq. ft. warehouse.
Baer said the change, while not in the International Fire Code, is quite commonplace in areas with large concentrations of warehouses. And while it’s not law yet, he said warehousing managers are familiar with the practice and have done the work without the amended ordinance. He said he wanted it in the code in case of any appeals.
Sprinklers Required by 2017
An article by Andrew Colegrove posted July 28, 2014, on www.wsaz.com, Huntington, West Virginia, said by 2017 in West Virginia, all buildings that are three stories or taller will need to have fire sprinklers. Otherwise, they will be shut down, Huntington Fire Chief Carl Eastham says.
A new code introduced by the National Fire Protection Association was adopted by West Virginia in December of 2013. Eastham says his office has already begun working with several property owners in Huntington on getting sprinklers put in.
The chief says different variables will determine which buildings will require what types of systems.
“We’re working with all the business owners and building owners to make sure that it makes an easy transition for them,” Eastham said. “There are different style sprinkler systems they can put in. Some are a whole lot less expensive than what used to be out there that had to be used.”
Eastham says there have never been multiple fatalities in a building that had a working sprinkler system.
An item posted August 1, 2014, on www.Wandsworthsw18.com, London, United Kingdom, said the Wandsworth Council has secured funding for fire sprinklers after winning a London Fire Brigade (LFB) competition.
The competition was launched after LFB revealed that they deal with more than 10 fires a week in London’s care homes and sheltered accommodation.
Open to social and private housing providers, the money was awarded to projects that demonstrated the best value and innovation in protecting the capital’s most vulnerable residents from fire.
One of the priorities for LFB was to reduce fires in care homes and sheltered housing.
Deputy Commissioner Rita Dexter said, “Sprinklers not only stop fires from spreading and put them out quickly, they save lives. We’re especially concerned about those who may not know how to react, or be able to react quickly enough, if they hear a smoke alarm.
Residential Fire Sprinkler Accreditation
The Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Residential Fire Sprinkler Contractor Accreditation Program (RFSCAP) has approved the application and accompanying documentation from Fire Busters, Inc. in Delta, British Columbia, for Company Accreditation. Accreditation recognizes that a company meets the highest standards of professionalism in the delivery of residential fire sprinkler installations in its market. Fire Busters, Inc. is the first company in Canada to achieve the distinction of being an Accredited Company. Fire Busters, Inc. is also the first company not involved in the beta development of the program to achieve accreditation.
Fire Busters, Inc. will be formally recognized as a RFSCAP Accredited Company at the 15th annual CPSE awards ceremony being held on August 14, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. [Also, see Company News page 36.]
The Residential Fire Sprinkler Contractor Accreditation Program examines multiple areas of a company’s operations.
The CPSE is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1996 to award accreditation to fire and emergency service agencies and to pursue scientific research and education in the public interest. The CPSE primary concentration is on its accreditation and credentialing models. The accreditation model identifies and maintains optimal levels of fire and emergency services for agencies. The credentialing model elevates and sustains the professional standards for those persons responsible for managing and delivering essential fire and emergency services.
The CPSE conducts workshops and publishes materials specifically designed to achieve and maintain a continuous path for quality improvement for both fire and emergency service agencies and personnel. CPSE’s consulting service helps fire and emergency services meet the new public expectations to achieve and measure standards of effectiveness for the cost and methods of delivering essential fire and emergency services.
For more information contact: Tom Mawson, Center for Public Safety Excellence, 4501 Singer Court, Chantilly, VA 20151; (703) 691-4620, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Fire Chief Adds Sprinkler System to Home
An article by Jeanette Kendall on May 27, 2014, in the East Peoria Times-Courier, Peoria, Illinois, said as Assistant Fire Chief and East Peoria Fire Marshal, it’s a no-brainer that John Knapp had a sprinkler system installed in his newly built home.
One reason Knapp said he installed a sprinkler system is because of the lightweight materials with which newer homes are constructed. He said these materials are more prone to damage as a result of a fire compared to homes that were built 30-plus years ago.
“In my opinion, for my own personal residence, there was no debate on whether or not to install a residential fire sprinkler system,” he said.
Knapp said 99% of homes are built with a wood frame and virtually all newer homes use the lightweight materials. “They absolutely should be protected by fire sprinklers,” Knapp said.
Knapp got his sprinklers through Tyco Fire Protection Products and installed them himself. Prevention Fire Protection in Morton designed his system. His 2,500 sq. ft. home has 30 sprinkler heads on the main level and basement. The sprinklers are all in sleeping areas and egress areas.
“The primary purpose for having sprinklers in the home are for life safety, meaning getting people out of the home safely,” Knapp said.
Residential sprinklers differ from commercial systems, which are designed to control and extinguish a fire, Knapp said.
In addition to the sprinkler system and smoke detectors, Knapp has an alarm system connected to the sprinkler heads. In the event of a fire, smoke detectors would go off first, then, if a sprinkler reaches 135 degrees, it will be activated. This will, in turn, cause the alarm system to sound.
“There are a number of different heads that vary in temperatures, meaning we have some that will go off at 135 degrees and some that will go all the way up to 256 (degrees),” Knapp said.
The sprinklers in Knapp’s home are covered by white caps and are flat with the wall.
“What a lot of the non-fire people don’t understand is this is nothing more than the plumbing in your house with a different head on it,” Knapp said.
Residential sprinkler systems are designed based on square footage of homes. With the type of sprinkler heads that Knapp has, 15 gallons of water would come out per minute at maximum capacity. If a residence is hooked into the city’s water supply, the sprinkler head’s water supply is indefinite.
Fire Sprinkler Mandate Doused
An article by Benjamin Woodard on June 2, 2014, on www.dnainfo.com, Chicago, said Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis wanted to mandate all high rises to install fire sprinklers, regardless of age.
Both the fire marshal and a group of state politicians, who have sparred for months over a costly fire sprinkler mandate for old high rises, tossed aside their boxing gloves.
In a joint statement, Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis, State Representtuve Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and State Senate President John Cullerton announced that they’d come to an agreement.
Matkaitis promised to work with legislators to “pass any new sprinkler laws through the General Assembly,” while Feigenholtz agreed to table a proposed bill that would have forced Matkaitis to work with the state legislature, according to the statement.
Last year, Matkaitis introduced new fire-safety rules that would have required owners of high-rises throughout Chicago to install costly fire sprinkler systems.
But after a raucous outcry from condo dwellers, politicians, and even the Chicago Fire Department, the fire marshal withdrew his proposal.
Then, Feigenholtz introduced the bill.
Now, she said, it’s time to “move forward together.”
“To pop this [the mandate] the way he did last year was really problematic and stirred the pot,” she said of the fire marshals proposal, which would have required as many as 750 buildings in Chicago to install costly fire sprinkler retrofits.
Even after the fire marshal backed down, Feigenholtz was worried he’d try it again.
“I wanted a more definitive statement,” she said. “It was never clear that he wasn’t going to attempt this again.”
She said more than 8,000 Chicagoans signed a petition supporting her legislation.
But with the legislative session coming to a close, and a vote not yet called for the bill, she accepted an offer.
“I believe there was a lot of support for this, but a lot of parties asked if we could table it and take a statement from the fire marshal,” she said. “It was a decision I had to make. ... And I’m hoping the fire marshal will stick to his word.”
Fire sprinkler industry advocates, however, were “disappointed” with the new development.
Tom Lia, the director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, said the cost of sprinkler installations in condo buildings had been overstated by as much as two-fold by opponents.
Property owners should decide for themselves whether to install sprinklers, he said.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to live in a high rise that’s not fire sprinkler protected because you never know what your neighbor’s going to do,” he said. “The misinformation needs to stop.”
An Answered Prayer at Treatment Homes
An article by Lyle Moran on May 13, 2014, in the Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts, said Beth Kidd said recently she was confident that God would provide a way for her to once again serve more people in two Christian treatment homes she operates in the city’s Centralville neighborhood. And Kidd, executive director of the nonprofit Place of Promise, told the Sun the Lord has delivered a “major miracle” for her nonprofit and those who need its help fighting drug addiction and mental illness.
In recent months, Place of Promise had to turn people away as it reduced the number of people living in the two residential treatment homes in response to the fire department’s order that automatic fire sprinklers be installed. The nonprofit, which could not afford the approximately $50,000 for the sprinkler work, mounted a legal challenge to the fire department’s directive.
After an article was published, Kidd said she was contacted by David LaFond, the New England regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). LaFond told Kidd he was going to coordinate to have sprinklers installed at no cost to the nonprofit.
LaFond said he was aware of Place of Promise’s sprinkler battle about a year ago, but it was brought to his attention again after the Sun published a story about the issue on May 1. He said he reached out to his contacts in the sprinkler industry and got a commitment from the business agent of the Sprinkler Fitters’ union, Local 550, to help install sprinklers at Place of Promise.
LaFond, the former fire chief in Holyoke and Chelsea, said he is thrilled the properties will have state-of-the art sprinkler systems to protect residents, while allowing more people in need to be served.
Mark Fortune, the business agent for Local 550, said fully licensed journeymen and apprentices from the union will provide the labor on the job free of charge. Fortune is also going to reach out to NFSA contractors the union has relationships with to find a contractor that will do the design work and provide the materials needed for the Lowell job.
“We believe strongly in protecting lives and helping people out in need,” said Fortune.
“We are so grateful and thankful to them and thankful to God,” said Kidd, adding that many prayers were answered. “This is a major miracle for us.”
Need For Sprinklers
An editorial posted May 30, 2014, on www.CapitalGazette.com, Annapolis, Maryland, said there were more reminders this week that thousands of Anne Arundel County residents face a greater risk of losing everything because they live in an apartment building without sprinklers.
On May 25, 2014, 24 people were burned out of their homes at the Country Club Apartments in Glen Burnie. On May 27, three more residents had to find emergency shelter after a blaze tore through their units in the Hidden View Apartments.
In both cases, the buildings were constructed before the Anne Arundel County Building Code made sprinkler systems a requirement.
As was recently reported, roughly half of all apartments in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County lack sprinklers. That means residents risk suffering more than 20 times the property damage if a fire breaks out, based on a review of fires in the county over the last three years.
No one died in either fire this week, but nationwide, deaths caused by fires were 82% lower in homes with automatic sprinklers.
Anne Arundel County requires sprinklers in new apartment buildings and those having significant renovations. This is practical and will eventually take care of the problem, year by year. But in the meantime, a lot of property will be damaged, some lives will be lost — and firefighters will go on risking their own lives to preserve both.
The county and state should look for incentives that will prompt apartment buildings owners to add sprinklers sooner rather than later.
— Thanks for sending this item go to:Mike DiGirolomo, President/Sales, Anne Arundel Fire Protection, Inc., Upper Marlboro, MD
Rural Homes Need Sprinklers
An article posted May 19, 2014, on www.kuik.com, Hillsboro, Oregon, said Cornelius firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire in their rural fire protection district. This home is about five miles south of Cornelius.
When crews arrived, about 10 minutes later, they found a 3,200 sq. ft. house with heavy fire on the back side of the house. It took firefighters 45 minutes to extinguish most of the flames, and multiple hours extinguishing hot spots.
With the rural location of this house, firefighters had to bring water to the scene using 3,000 gallon water tenders. Firefighters also fatigued quickly due to the 80 degree weather; luckily, no firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion.
It is estimated that the fire caused around $325,000 in damage and the house is considered a total loss.
The house was not equipped with working home fire sprinklers, which could have prevented the fire from heavily damaging the house. Fire sprinklers are especially important in rural homes because it takes longer for firefighters to respond to incidents in remote areas of the fire district. The extra response time allows fire to grow, sometimes doubling every minute. This is why the Cornelius Fire Department highly suggests home fire sprinklers be installed in any new homes being built, whether it is in or outside the city limits.
Home Fire Sprinklers: Ask for Them!
When a new home is built in an area where codes do not require fire sprinklers to be installed, and the homebuilder does not offer sprinklers as an option, many homebuyers are not aware that they can ask for fire sprinklers. Every time a new home is built without fire sprinklers, generations of families miss out on the ultimate protection from fire.
The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has launched new online content designed to help consumers learn about the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. And whether they’re simply interested, or are thinking of building or buying a home, they’ll quickly see why it’s so important to ask for fire sprinklers when moving to a new home.
Available at no cost on HFSC’s website, the new Ask for Them! interactive guide
(www.homefiresprinkler.org/index.php/Consumer/quick-guide.html ) provides consumers with easy to understand information in a fast-paced and entertaining format. Watch any or all of the 11 brief video segments in the menu that answer common questions about home fire sprinklers. Consumers can click through to direct links for more details about the technology and to watch additional videos online. All of the content is free, noncommercial, and has no advertising.
Ask for Them! was funded in part by a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.
HFSC was formed in 1996 to inform the public about the life-saving value of sprinkler protection in one- and two-family homes. HFSC is a purely educational 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about residential fire sprinklers.
For more information contact: HFSC, www.homefiresprinkler.org
The ConsensusDocs Coalition is publishing a new Construction Management Agency standard agreement. The ConsensusDocs 830 Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager (CM Provides General Conditions) and related exhibits will replace the current ConsensusDocs 801 Construction Management Agreement.
The new agreement was revised based upon industry feedback and the Drafting Council’s evaluation that providing greater clarity in defining costs, fees, and profit would avoid potential claims over these issues on projects utilizing CM Agency. In surveying current practices, the Council found that the areas of defining fees, profit, and overhead on general conditions items vary greatly. Consequently, the agreement structure was refined and an optional general conditions exhibit was provided. The Council will be publishing an alternative version of this agreement in which the CM does not provide general conditions.
“Current standard CM Agency contracts do not do a good job of defining which costs fall into a particular bucket, which inevitably leads to confusion when it comes time for payment. This new document is the first standard Agency document that provides clarity, which will be a helpful contractual tool for Owners and CMs alike,” comments Melissa Beutler, Vice-Chair of the ConsensusDocs Drafting Council.
For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution
The ConsensusDocs Coalition announced a new tool to effectively address alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the design and construction industry. Guided Choice is a new approach to mediation for a more active and holistic approach role for a mediator to actively guide parties towards resolution. ConsensusDocs is now including information on how to implement Guided Choice in the ConsensusDocs Guidebook, and educated users on the process at its 2nd annual Construction SuperConference Workshop held in San Francisco, California, last December. The American Arbitration Association (AAA) will honor requests from the parties to use the Guided Choice process in AAA administered mediation through arbitration.
For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.
Standpipe Rack Hose Video
Supporting the association’s mission to save lives and protect property through fire safety education, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released an educational video on the features and benefits of standpipe rack hoses. This educational video provides an overview of standpipe rack hose systems and highlights the importance of these systems as part of balanced fire protection plan for buildings.
“Incorporating a balanced fire protection design in commercial buildings helps to minimize safety risks by providing multiple channels for fire notification and protection,” says Duane Leonhardt, fire hose and interior equipment division chair. “Building owners, managers, and occupants play key roles in designing and executing fire protection plans, so we produced this video specifically with them in mind.”
Standpipe rack hose systems are just one element of a complete balanced protection plan; other elements may include portable fire extinguishers, automated suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
In addition to providing a summary of the components and operation of standpipe rack hose systems, the video also reviews the unique features of these systems, including: Quick suppression of fires; One-person operation; Minimal water damage; Pathway clearing for occupant rescue; Occupant protection during rescue.
The educational standpipe rack hose video is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube and SlideShare.
This standpipe rack hose video is the fourth educational video created and posted on the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s YouTube and SlideShare accounts. Other educational videos include: How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Your First Defense When Disaster Strikes (NFPA 1126) and UL300 – Protecting Commercial Kitchens.
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60 year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.
For more information contact: Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 241-7333, www.femalifesafety.org.
Campus Fire Coalition Formed
CampusFireSafety.com, Campus Firewatch,and the Michael H. Minger Foundation joined together to create an information and resource portal for schools and communities. [These groups are all fire sprinkler advocates!]
“By working together, we leverage the power of our individual organizations, creating a whole new synergy,” said Gail Minger, president of the Michael H. Minger Foundation. “Together, we represent over 30 years of experience in the world of campus fire safety.”
www.CampusFireSafety.com is devoted to reducing the loss of life and property from fire on campuses around the world.
Campus Firewatch is a social enterprise focusing on campus fire safety that was started in 2000: www.campus-firewatch.com.
The Michael H. Minger Foundation mission is to raise awareness of the importance of campus fire safety for all students, including people with disabilities: www.mingerfoundation.org.
Residential Fire Sprinklers Cost Report
The cost to install home fire sprinklers in 51 homes in 17 communities averaged $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, down from the $1.61 average in 2008, according to a report conducted by Newport Partners (Newport) and released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association. (Sprinklered square feet is a measure of total area of spaces with sprinklers.) The new report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment — 5 Year Update, provides a national perspective on the cost of installing home fire sprinklers.
The primary purpose of the 2013 study was to review current home fire sprinkler costs against a 2008 benchmark study, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment, also commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by Newport, to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost such as installation and materials, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and more.
For more information visit: www.nfpa.org
ICC for State Fire Marshals
International Code Council (ICC) CEO Dominic Sims and other representatives met with the National Association of State Fire Marshals Board of Directors during NAFM’s 2013 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. NASFM Board President Bill Degnan of New Hampshire invited ICC to the meeting to address questions from NASFM members and to give an update on ICC initiatives and activities. The discussion focused on matters related to the adoptions of the residential fire sprinkler requirements in the International Residential Code.
For more information contact: ICC Director of Fire Service Activities, Bruce Johnson, (631) 300-7051 ext. 7276, www.iccsafe.org
USFA: Fire is Everyone’s Fight™
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) introduced Fire is Everyone’s Fight™, an initiative to raise public awareness about fire prevention and fire safety. In conjunction with national partners and supporters, Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ aims to provide fire and emergency service personnel with tools to educate the public. Most fires can be prevented and all have a role to play in preventing them.
For more information and resources visit: www.usfa.fema.gov/FireisEveryonesFight
U.S. Experience with Sprinklers
NFPA recently released its yearly U.S. Experience with Sprinklers report, documenting the presence and performance of fire sprinklers during reported fires for all occupancies, including homes. This report is available at no cost.
You may download the report at: www.sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org
Research: Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings
The Fire Protection Research Foundation completed a project aimed at better understanding Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings. The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), initiated this project to obtain an understanding of how cloud ceiling panels impact sprinkler actuation with an overall goal to provide technical basis for sprinkler installation requirements.
For more, visit: www.nfpa.org.
Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
On June 13, 2013, Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 1163, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. The legislation was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Senators Carper and Collins both serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
For more information contact: Congressional Fire Services Institute, 900 2nd Street NE, Suite 303, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 371-1277, email@example.com, www.cfsi.org.
Research Reveals Green Value of Fire Sprinklers
An item posted April 17, 2013, on www.sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org, said in celebration of Earth Day, Green Builder® Media (GBM) has released new consumer research on green living revealing that “respondents like green, think they live a green life, and understand that updating their homes to incorporate more green features increases the value of their homes.”
According to the company, the results also highlight its VISION House® projects that offer “essential, forward-thinking ideas and educational information about how people can live a more sustainable lifestyle.” NFPA partnered with GBM to launch the VISION House in INNOVENTIONS in Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort to show the environmental benefits of home fire sprinklers.
UL & LPCB Warn of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
The following is a notification from UL and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to distributors, contractors, fire departments, regulatory agencies, and authorities having jurisdiction that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada, and a counterfeit LPCB Mark. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL or LPCB to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
For more information please see the following links:
September 10, 2014
21st AFSA-VA Chapter Burn Survivors Golf Tournament
Benefitting Old Dominion Prof. Firefighters Burn Foundation and Central VA Burn Camp
Williamsburg Nat’l Golf Club, Williamsburg, VA
George Wagner, (804) 514-3154
September 10-11, 2014
5th Annual Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnels
September 11, 2014
Cloud Ceilings – Update on Research & Rules Development
Webinar, 11 a.m. EST
Tyco Fire Protection Products’ techXchange
September 15, 2014
8th Burn Aid Golf Classic
Benefitting the Tangier Shriners Transportation Fund
Ashland Golf Club, Ashland, NE
September 15, 2014
8th Michael Minger Golf Classic
For Michael H. Minger Foundation
Hermitage G.C., Nashville, TN
Gail Minger, (850) 621-5161
September 15-17, 2014
NFPA 13 3-Day Seminar
Las Vegas, NV, TBD
September 16, 2014
AFSA NJ 2nd Bob Young Benefit Golf
For Bob Young Scholarship Fund
Galloping Hills G.C., Kenilworth, NJ
Al Zanga, (973) 679-1012
Gary Lederman, (914) 564-3916
September 17-19, 2014
Hands-On Inspection, Testing,
and Fire Pump Training
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
September 18, 2014
The Northwest Residential
Fire Sprinkler Summit
Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA
(253) 208-8467, http://tinyurl.com/wfiresprinklersummit
September 19, 2014
Homes to High-Rise”
Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA
September 19, 2014
CFPA Annual Golf Tournament
Nick Trostel, Colorado
Fire Protection Association
September 25, 2014
Heat Sources & Sprinklers
Webinar, 11a.m. EST
September (TBD), 2014
Mid Atlantic AFSA 22nd Charity Golf
Raven’s Claw G.C., Pottstown, PA
Dave English, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 27-October 1, 2014
AFSA Annual Convention & Expo
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
American Fire Sprinkler Association www.firesprinkler.org
October 5-11, 2014
Fire Prevention Week
Plan to Promote Fire Sprinklers
In Your Community
October 6, 2014
Central Ohio Chapter/SFPE 25th OSU Burn Center Golf Outing
Benefitting the OSU Burn Center
Scioto Reserve Country Club, Powell, OH
Robert (Bob) Dawson, (614) 561-8145
October 6-8, 2014
NFPA 13 3-Day Seminar
October 7-8, 2014
NFMT Vegas (Facilities Managers)
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
October 12-17, 2014
SFPE Conference & Expo
Hilton Long Beach & Executive
Center, Long Beach, CA
Julie Gordon, SFPE
October 13, 2014
20th KFSCA Foundation Golf Outing
Cardinal Club G.C., Simpsonville, KY
Angela Underwood, (502) 233-5322
October 13-15, 2014
Chemguard Foam System
Design and Specs
Mansﬁeld, TX (See next item)
October 13-24, 2014
Beginning FSS Planning Schools
American Fire Sprinkler Association
October 16, 2014
18th FSCASC CHARITY GOLF
Vellano Country Club, Chino Hills, CA
Larry Seligman, F.S.C. Assn. of SoCal (626) 673-5345,
or Kraig Kirschner, AFCON, 626-444-0541, email@example.com
October 16-17, 2014
Foam Systems Service and Maintenance Training
Chemguard, (817) 473-9964
October 22, 2014
20th Ken Houston Memorial Golf
For Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center
Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC
John Turnage, AFSA Carolinas
(919) 624-3456, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 22-23, 2014
14th Int’l Water Mist Conference
Bettina McDowell, Association Secretary
International Water Mist Association
Postfach 11 35 83, 20435 Hamburg, Poststraße 33
(in Hamburg Business Center), D-20354 Hamburg
tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215, fax + 49 (0) 40 35085-80
October 28, 2014
and Enforcing NFPA 25
City of Merced Fire Department
NFSA, (845) 878-4207
October 29-30, 2014
2-Day Sprinkler System Plan Review
City of Merced Fire Department
NFSA, (845) 878-4207, www.nfsaacademy.org, www.nfsa.org
November 3, 2014
15th Bob McCullough Memorial Golf
For Fire Safety Educational Projects
Hamilton Mill C.C., Dacula, GA
Scott Donnelly, email@example.com
November 5-8, 2014
ASCET Conference & Expo
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC
Contact: Philip L. Gaughan, SET
American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (ASCET), (215) 850-1672, www.ascet.org
November 14, 2014
British Auto. Fire Spk. Association Ruby Jubilee Gala Dinner
Bristol, England, UK
December 5, 2014
GBA-AFSA 12th Gala, Wine/Beer Tour/Golf, Etc.
Poppy Ridge G.C., Livermore, CA
Lorelei Ostrander, AFSA
Greater Bay Area Chapter
(925) 954-5031, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 8-10, 2014
NFPA 13 3-Day Seminar
Las Vegas, NV, TBD
December 10-12, 2014
Hands-On Inspection, Testing,
and Fire Pump Training
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473, email@example.com, www.firetech.com
Other Future Meeting Dates:
October 10-14, 2015, Phoenix, AZ
September 16-19, 2016, Nashville, TN
April 30-May 2, 2015, Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, FL (Sem. & Exhib.)
June 22-25, 2015, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
June 9-12, 2016, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
June 4-7, 2017, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
American Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Protection Association
Fire Tech Productions
Oklahoma State University
Sprinkler Systems 3-Day Seminar
September 8-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA
September 15-17, 2014, Las Vegas, NV
October 6-8, 2014, Denver, CO
December 8-10, 2014, Kissimmee, FL
National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org
Water-Based Systems Layout Level I – NICET prep webinar, TBD
WaterBased Systems Layout Level II – NICET prep webinar, TBD
Fire Tech Productions, www.firetech.com