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South Marion County Fire Districts & Santiam Training Academy to host live fire sprinkler system demonstration - 05/15/19

South Marion County Fire Districts & Santiam Training Academy to Take Part in Home Fire Sprinkler Week from May 19-May 25, 2019 A Simultaneous Week of Action Across North America

“Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home,” says Amber Cross, Division Chief with Turner Fire District “Simply put, that’s unacceptable. There is a solution and it starts with local action.”    

A number of South  Marion County Fire Districts along with the Santiam Training Academy are taking part in a North America-wide campaign May 19th - May 25 initiated by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to raise awareness of the growing dangers of home fires and the life-saving benefits of installing fire sprinklers in new homes.

“The purpose is to organize a unified week of action from May 19 to the 25 with a focus on the tough problem of home fires and the equally tough protection of home fire sprinkler technology,” says Lorraine Carli, Vice President at NFPA and President of HFSC. “By joining forces coast to coast, communities in South Marion County are debunking persistent myths, helping consumers learn the facts before they build or buy a new home, and urging their local officials to support sprinkler codes.”

This event will be on Saturday, May 18th at Stayton Fire District training grounds located at 1988 W. Ida St in Stayton, Oregon. The event will start at 8:30 am and include a side by side live fire burn showing the importance of residential fire sprinklers and the impact that they can have. The event will also demonstrate to the Santiam Firefighter Recruit Academy and community members the life safety features of residential fire sprinklers, how they work and the importance of these fire prevention strategies. The community and media are encouraged to attend. Thank you to NFPA and the HFSC for their commitment to helping provide this training to South Marion County. In addition, donations were also received from Jet Heating and Mill Creek Heating.

“Many people lose sight of the fact that home fires are dangerous not just to residents but also to firefighters,” says Amber Cross. “Today’s new houses are built with lightweight construction and big open designs and they’re filled with synthetic furnishings. When they burn, they fail fast, and that environment places firefighters at risk from fire as well as toxins that lead to disease.”

Home Fire Sprinkler Week is an opportunity for everyone in South Marion County to learn about new-home dangers, get the facts about lifesaving sprinkler technology and make progress against the home fire problem.   

Facts about home fire sprinklers

  • Since 2009, the installation of fire sprinklers has been required for new construction of homes by all U.S. model building codes. California, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and hundreds of U.S. communities have adopted this requirement. Challenges to adoption exist in many other states.
  • Fire sprinkler installation in homes lags behind installation in other properties with lower fire death rates, such as schools, hospitals, and hotels. They lag in part due to myths, confusion, and opposition by some groups.
  • Modern home fire sprinklers are inexpensive to install ($1.35 per sprinklered sq. ft., nationally – NFPA).
  • The risk of dying in a home fire decreases by about 85 percent if sprinklers are present.
  • Because the sprinkler responds to the fire automatically and while it is still small, it controls the fire until the fire department arrives, slowing the spread of heat and poisonous smoke.
  • Home fire sprinklers give residents more time to escape a fire safely. That prevents injuries and saves lives.
  • The sprinkler controls fire damage and confines it. That protects lives as well as surrounding rooms, limiting property damage.
  • Responding firefighters work in far less dangerous conditions when a home fire is controlled by a fire sprinkler.
  • Fire sprinklers are usually supplied by the household water main. A tank and pump can be used where needed. They can be used in any climate. As with other plumbing, the piping is hidden behind walls and ceilings. Sprinkler covers can be used to conceal sprinklers.
  • Home fire sprinklers operate individually. In a fire, the sprinkler closest to it activates. In the vast majority of home fires just one sprinkler is needed to control the flames.
  • Sprinklers are activated by the high temperature of a fire – typically between 135-165°F. Cooking fumes or signaling smoke alarms cannot activate sprinklers.
  • Home fire sprinklers are designed to flow between 10-25 gallons of water per minute, 10-15 times less water flow than fire department hoses, with far less pressure.

See the events that are lined up to date and learn more about Home Fire Sprinkler Week at nfpa.org/FireSprinklerWeek.

About the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC)

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, nonprofit organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about home fire sprinklers. For more information about HFSC and home fire sprinklers, visit www.homefiresprinkler.org.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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