Sprinklers douse Downers Grove, Ill., hotel fire
7/22/2010 - A fire that occurred at the InTown Suites in Downers Grove, Ill., is still being investigated. The Downers Grove Fire Department responded to the hotel where smoke and water were coming from under a guest room door. The sprinkler in the room contained the fire until firefighters were on scene and extinguished the rest of the blaze. No one was injured.
Fort Collins, Colo., officials weigh requiring home sprinklers
7/22/2010 - Residential fire sprinkler systems could become a hot-button issue in Fort Collins, Colo. City officials are considering a proposal to require fire-suppression systems similar to those found in commercial buildings and apartment complexes in new single-family houses and townhomes beginning in 2013.
AFSA Member Alert: Important NFPA Announcement
7/7/2010 - On July 6, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a safety alert recommending that residential fire sprinkler systems containing antifreeze should be drained and the antifreeze replaced with water. The alert follows a research study and an initial set of fire tests conducted after a fire incident raised concerns about antifreeze solutions in residential sprinkler systems.
NYC Councilmember wants sprinkers in every city pet store
6/16/2010 - New York City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. is calling for sprinklers to be installed in every pet store in New York City following a recent fire in a Steinway Street pet shop in which some birds perished.
Marion, Ohio, Fire Dept gets grant for sprinklers in station
6/16/2010 - The Marion, Ohio, Fire Department received a federal assistance to firefighters grant to install sprinklers in its station, said Capt. Mike Makowski. The $78,300 grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security and the city has received others in the past to replace airpacks and defibrillators, Makowski said. The sprinkler installation is necessary in the 100-year-old building, especially because there are people sleeping there at times, he said.
Baltimore City Council members push for sprinklers in homes
6/16/2010 - Sprinkler systems save lives and two Baltimore City Council members want more of them in the city. Councilman Warren Branch and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke are pushing to get them installed in rehabbed and newly constructed homes.
Space nearly sold out for 2010 AFSA Exhibition
6/16/2010 - Each year, the hundreds of fire sprinkler professionals who attend AFSA's annual convention flock to its exhibit hall, the largest fire sprinkler exhibition in North America (and the only major US-based expo this year). Interested in exhibiting? Better hurry! Only a few booth spaces remain for AFSA's 2010 exhibition September 29 - October 3. Reserve your space today!
Sprinklers douse Target Field fire in Minnesota
6/16/2010 - Firefighters were called to a small fire at Target Field. A gas-powered pressure washer for cleaning seats sparked the flames during refueling on a Target Field concourse, said Cherie Penn, the Minneapolis Fire Department assistant chief. The fire was nearly doused by the sprinkler system when firefighters arrived and no one was injured, she said.
Clarification on accredited dwelling fire sprinkler contractor
6/16/2010 - Many of you may have heard or read about a "Accredited Dwelling Fire Sprinkler Contractor" program. This accreditation program, promoted by another sprinkler association, supposedly includes as partners in this effort the International Code Council (ICC), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Center for Public Safety Excellence (CSPE) and NFPA. The reality is that this program does not exist, except in the minds of the association promoting it. The truth is that there have been discussions about the possibility of an accreditation program, but no program has been developed. ICC has discussed a possible "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) with a number of organizations, including AFSA, to address residential sprinkler installation issues.
Sprinklers divide Washington Co., Md., officials, builders
6/16/2010 - New single-family homes in Washington County, Md., could be required to have automatic fire sprinkler systems under a building code update up for consideration next month. The requirement for sprinklers in new single-family homes was introduced in the 2009 International Residential Code, which has been adopted by the state of Maryland. Counties now must decide whether to enforce the state's version or to adopt the code with local amendments.