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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.
For more information and to see photographs go to www.ul.com.
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New Study Shows Homeowners Prefer a Home Protected with Fire Sprinklers
In a new national Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), 74% of U.S. homeowners said they would be more likely to buy a home with fire sprinklers than one without. Seven in 10 said a sprinklered house has more value and nearly eight in 10 (78%) said fire sprinklers provide the ultimate protection for residents.
Updating the national benchmark study previously commissioned by HFSC, this 2014 data demonstrates several areas of improved awareness of fire sprinkler life-safety benefits. It also underscores the importance of ongoing education and outreach to overcome common myths and misconceptions about home fire sprinklers.
“It’s certainly encouraging to see that 59% of homeowners say fire safety is very important to them and that the majority would rather buy a sprinklered home,” says HFSC President Lorraine Carli. “But we are also reminded of how much awareness work there still is to do. For example, just half the homeowners recognize the increased fire hazards associated with lightweight residential construction to residents and firefighters, and only about a third understands how open design increases the danger of a home fire.”
Considering how much new home construction across the country incorporates both of these features, it is clear that consumers need to have access to factual information about home fire sprinklers before they build or buy. The survey findings show that when they do have this information, they’ll be more inclined to ask for home fire sprinklers.
The common myth that all the fire sprinklers spray water at once when a fire breaks out remains a roadblock to homeowner interest. But when homeowners were told that sprinklers operate independently and that just one sprinkler is typically needed to control a fire, approximately three-quarters became more interested in a sprinklered home. Nearly 70% had their interest boosted when they learned smoke cannot set off a fire sprinkler. “When told the facts, the number of homeowners who felt sprinklers were essential or important grew by 27 percentage points,” Carli notes.
HFSC has been working to increase knowledge about the dangers of home fires and the life-safety benefits of installing home fire sprinklers since 1996. The nonprofit coalition provides free information and educational materials, with tailored content to meet the needs of the public, the fire service, local officials, and a variety of professions that play a role in home ownership.
The new Harris Poll confirmed the long-held faith that consumers have in their local fire departments. While homeowners often receive information about home safety features from their builder, 93% of them said that firefighters are a more trustworthy source for fire safety. And nearly half say they have more confidence in homebuilders who offer sprinklers than those who do not.
The research, which was underwritten by a federal Fire Prevention & Safety grant, provides a wealth of insight into consumer knowledge and preferences, including differing viewpoints about fire sprinklers among age groups. The survey was conducted online in May 2014 among 1,026 U.S. homeowners. HFSC will publish additional findings throughout the summer on its website: HomeFireSprinkler.org.
HFSC was formed in 1996 to inform the public about the life-saving value of fire 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 home fire sprinklers.
About the survey — This survey was conducted on behalf of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition among 1,026 U.S. homeowners from April 30 to May 7, 2014. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, contact: Peg Paul, (815) 592-9278, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total construction spending went up in May, for the third straight month. Solid increases in private nonresidential and public construction outweighed a downturn in residential projects, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
“The May figures show that construction activity continues to expand, but with lots of variability by month and project type,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “These uneven patterns seem likely to continue for the rest of the year.”
Construction put in place totaled $956 billion in May, 0.1% above the upwardly revised April total and 6.6% higher than in May 2013. For the first five months of 2014, total spending rose 8.2% from the January-May 2013 total.
Private residential construction spending in May retreated 1.5% from April, when homebuilders may have put in extra hours to make up for adverse winter weather in many regions. The May total was 7.5% above the May 2013 level, representing an 11% increase in single-family spending, 31% for multi-family, and a 2.4% decline in improvements to existing housing.
Private nonresidential spending rose 1.1% in May and 11% over 12 months. The largest private segment, power construction — comprising work on oil and gas fields and pipelines as well as electricity projects — rebounded 4.3% from a sharp drop in April and was up 30% year-over-year. Among other major private nonresidential segments, commercial construction — retail, warehouse, and farm projects — climbed 6.5% over 12 months; manufacturing construction rose 6.7%; and office work jumped 23%.
Public construction spending rose 1.0% for the month and 1.2% year-over-year. The largest public segment, highway and street construction, expanded 2.3% from a year before. The second-biggest category, educational construction, gained 1.7% since May 2013.
“The outlook is brightest for multi-family and oil and gas-related projects, including manufacturing,” Simonson commented. “But single-family and office construction, which have done well so far, may fade later this year.”
For more visit: www.agc.org.
DiNenno Prize Created
In honor of the late Philip J. DiNenno, the highly regarded former CEO of Hughes Associates who passed away in 2013, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Hughes Associates have established the DiNenno Prize to recognize significant technical developments that enhance fire safety.
The DiNenno Prize was established to create a legacy in the name of Philip DiNenno. In addition to honoring his memory, the DiNenno Prize will encourage and recognize significant technical developments that have an impact on public safety, including building, fire, and electrical safety. A prize committee will consider nominations submitted from around the world. More information can be found at: www.nfpa.org/dinenno.
“Phil will be remembered as one of the most outstanding leaders that NFPA has ever had,” said NFPA President Jim Shannon. “He was an extraordinarily effective advocate for fire safety and the most respected person in fire protection engineering of his generation. NFPA is honored to join with Hughes Associates to establish the DiNenno Prize.”
DiNenno was recognized for his many accomplishments in the fire protection field including the NFPA Standards Medal and the Lamb Award. Throughout his career he provided leadership to the fire protection engineering profession, most recently as CEO of Hughes Associates. He served in a number of leadership roles in the Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE), including president, and was awarded the Guise Medal, SFPE’s highest honor. He was the founding editor of the SFPE Fire Protection Engineering Handbook and provided the direction of excellence that is still the charge today. DiNenno also provided leadership to NFPA within technical committees as chair of the Standards Council, and as a member of the Board of Directors. He was a pioneer in the use of computer fire modeling to understand the growth and effects of fire. He played a significant role in the development of non-ozone depleting fire suppression technologies, working with industry, NFPA, U.S. EPA, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
“It is our honor at Hughes Associates to not only memorialize our friend, colleague, and mentor, but to inspire others to reach further to enhance public safety, just as Phil strived to do in so many different ways for his entire career,” said Wayne Moore of Hughes Associates.
About Hughes Associates — Hughes Associates, Inc. (Hughes) operates as a fire protection and life safety engineering and consulting company. It offers services in the areas of fire protection engineering and design, building and fire code compliance and representation, accessibility code consulting, and fire protection systems commissioning. Hughes is a technical leader in specialized consulting, including fire research and testing, dust hazards, forensic, and risk and external hazards. Core fire protection capabilities are supplemented by electrical engineering, environmental, training, and security services. The company serves healthcare, transportation, higher education, A&E services, government, DoD and DoE, power generation, transmission and distribution, historic buildings and museums, and industrial and petrochemical clients. Hughes was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices worldwide.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
New Educational Videos for Local Officials and Real Estate Agents
According to a 2014 Harris Poll® conducted on behalf of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, 78% of U.S. homeowners say home fire sprinklers provide the ultimate protection for residents. And 74% say they’d be more likely to buy a home with fire sprinklers than one without. Residents want this added safety, but they will have questions before they buy.
Will your community be ready with the facts?
Your local officials and real estate agents play a key role with consumers. You can help these influencers get behind home fire sprinklers and up to speed on their importance in today’s homes. HFSC’s latest videos answer common questions and concerns, and provide the facts these professionals need to highlight the life safety benefits of a sprinklered home.
You can preorder your free videos at: www.HomeFireSprinkler.org/preorder-videos.
Sign up for the HFSC BUILT FOR LIFE Fire Department program at: www.homefiresprinkler.org/BFLFD.
Sprinklers Idea Disregarded
An article by Monica Mendoza, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colorado, posted July 6, 2014, on www.insurancenewsnet.com, said in what reads like an eerie prediction, the company that insures Colorado Springs Utilities’ Drake power plant recommended in February the installation of a sprinkler system beneath the turbine generators in the case that lubricating oil would come into contact with hot steam pipes.
On May 5, a fire began for exactly that reason.
That AIG Energy and Engineered Risk survey report was written February 14, less than three months before lubricating oil squirted out and hit hot steam pipes that ignited a fire inside Martin Drake Power Plant and shut it down.
The AIG report said: “The areas beneath the turbine generator deck of Units Nos. 5, 6, and 7 do not have automatic sprinkler protection as recommend by the NFPA 850, Electric Generating Stations and HVDC Converter stations. There is currently no containment curbing for the lube oil or seal oil areas provided below the turbine generator decks. Sprinklers should be installed beneath the pedestal and a minimum of 20' beyond the perimeter pedestal and lube oil hazards.”
AIG, the company that holds Colorado Springs Utilities’ $500 million insurance policy, has recommended an expansion of a sprinkler system inside the downtown power plant since 1992.
Home Sprinklers Advance
An item posted June 27, 2014, on www.northjersey.com, Woodland Park, New Jersey, said a bill requiring new homes in New Jersey to include fire sprinklers passed the full Assembly, but its future remains uncertain.
Opponents say the measure would impose excessive costs on developers and prospective homeowners. The requirement passed the full Legislature in its previous session, only to be pocket-vetoed by Governor Christie in January. This time around, it has yet to be introduced in the Senate.
Supporters say the bill, which would apply to new single- and two-family homes, is about saving lives.
The measure passed the full Assembly 46-30, with one abstention.
Assisted Living Facility Sued Over Broken Sprinkler
An article by Elizabeth Campbell on June 17, 2014, in the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas, said disabled and elderly residents who lived at the Westchester Plaza high rise in 2012 allegedly did not have a working sprinkler system for eight months although management knew the system was broken and refused to fix it until ordered to do so by the state.
The Texas Attorney General’s office is suing the Westchester Plaza, an assisted living facility, along with its management company and Brian Jeffrey Bryant, president of Phoenix Health Resources Inc., alleging that false information was provided to the state consumer protection division and that management ignored a fire marshal’s tag stating that the fire safety pumps were broken.
The lawsuit, filed in Tarrant County civil court on behalf of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) by the attorney general’s office, also seeks permanent injunctions to prevent Bryant and Westchester’s management company from managing and operating other assisted living facilities in Texas. The suit also accuses Westchester Plaza management of violating the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and seeks civil penalties of up to $1 million.
John Shackleford, a Dallas attorney listed as the agent for Westchester Prime Management and WGH Heritage Inc., did not return phone calls from the Star-Telegram seeking comment, but said his company will contest the lawsuit and that the Westchester always had fire protection.
According to court documents, around 200 residents, some who were paralyzed and who were in apartments on upper floors, lived at the Westchester Plaza in 2012 during the time when the sprinkler system was broken during a freeze in the winter 2011-2012. According to court documents, the residents were without fire protection for eight months, from January 1 to August 9 of 2012.
The state alleges that management failed to repair the sprinklers although there were inquiries from the consumer protection division of the attorney general’s office and fire marshal’s citations. It is estimated that the repairs would have cost less than $3,000.
The company that manufactured the sprinkler system also issued a noncompliance tag in June 2012, but still no repairs were made until August 8, when DADS investigators saw the noncompliance tag and ordered the fire protection system to be fixed immediately, according to court documents,
DADS referred the matter to the attorney general for further investigation. There are also allegations that Westchester management knowingly submitted false documents and written statements about the sprinkler system to the attorney general’s consumer protection division investigators. In fact, the lawsuit stated that Bryant denied that the sprinkler system was ever broken in his written statement to investigators and also denied that it was a danger or threat to residents.
“It’s like a bad doorknob or anything else. I mean, we fix everything eventually,” Bryant was quoted as telling investigators, according to the lawsuit.
Sprinkler Ordinance Delayed
An article by Dean Mosiman on July 1, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin, said amid complaints about cost and a lack of outreach by the city, Madison has put on hold a controversial proposal to require certain existing buildings to have automatic fire sprinklers by 2025.
In a memo, Fire Chief Steven Davis asked the City Council to kill the Fire Department’s current proposal so it can do more study and work with interests in the community to forge a new plan. The council agreed without debate.
The initial proposal would have required costly sprinklers for buildings more than 55' tall; bars, restaurants, theaters, and other public buildings with a capacity greater than 100 people; apartment buildings with 30 or more units that are three stories or taller; and all buildings that front State Street. State and UW-Madison buildings were not included. New buildings in many of the categories already must have sprinklers under state laws approved in recent years and decades.
The proposal raised concerns among businesses and property owners who said they were not consulted before the proposal was introduced to the council by seven co-sponsors on June 15 and voiced fear over expensive renovations, disruptions of tenants and workers, and unforeseen consequences at hundreds of buildings that would be impacted.
Several city committees were poised to review the proposal when Davis sent the memo to council members asking that it be withdrawn.
“We listened,” Davis said. “We think it’s a pretty important safety provision, and we’re going to draw back and work with stakeholders. One of the big things is to find financial incentives for them.”
Davis said it will probably take a year to come up with a new proposal.
“Having stakeholders at the table is vital to any legislation, but especially one with a potential sweeping impact,” Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President Zach Brandon said. “We appreciate that city officials are now asking for input and believe this is a step in the right direction.”
The initial proposal came after fires in recent years damaged buildings and displaced tenants, employees, and businesses.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
August 8, 2014
27th AFSA Yankee Chap. Golf
For Boston Shriners
Burn Center for Children
Atlantic Country Club, Plymouth, MA
George Olson, (781) 217-5653
August 19, 2014
Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association Ontario Regional Golf Tournament
Benefitting Camp BUCKO (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) and The Hospital for Sick Children Burn Unit
Lionhead Golf & Country Club, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Debbie Tomasic, (905) 477-2270
August 25, 2014
26th Burn Center Golf Invitational
Benefitting St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Unit, the WI Alliance for Fire Safety, and others
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI
Dan Gengler, (262) 325-1958
September 8, 2014
18th Annual NFSA Minnesota Chapter BurnAid Golf Classic
Benefitting Regions Hospital Burn Center
North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks, MN
NFSA Minnesota Chapter
Or Peg Bohn, email@example.com
September 8, 2014
25th FSCATX Charity Golf Classic
Benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Trophy Club Country Club, North Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Carol McCain, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 8-10, 2014
NFPA 13 3-Day Seminar
NFPA, 800-344-3555, email@example.com
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 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 (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 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 13, 2014
20th KFSCA Foundation Golf Outing
Cardinal Club G.C., Simpsonville, KY
Angela Underwood, (502) 233-5322
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 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,
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
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
July 21-23, 2014, San Francisco, CA
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