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  • Chapter 15Advocating Residential Fire Sprinklers 15-*

  • IntroductionInitiative 15 addresses both fire prevention code enforcement and promoting residential fire sprinklersRecent changes approved to the national model building code is sure to bring the adoption of more state residential sprinkler mandatesWe should work diligently to find ways to get fire suppression systems in all buildings, whether they are required or not15-*

  • Life Safety Initiative 15Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers15-*

  • Life Safety Initiative 15RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS

    OverviewStatisticsDesign improvementsCostGoverning authority requirements

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS

    NFPA 13DOverviewSimplifies for residential useIntentSave lives and propertyConsider the financial impact of such systems on homeownersCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS

    NFPA 13DDesign factorsWet systemDry systemPre-action systemCost savings

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15THE OPPOSITION

    BackgroundInternational Code Council (ICC)International Residential Code (IRC)NFPA 13DOpponents

    Cont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15THE OPPOSITION

    CostBuilding industryValuePersonal interestLaw of supply and demandCost will lower over timeCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15THE OPPOSITION

    Water availabilityValid concernSprinkler head discharge ratesMinimum flow ratesNFPA 13 versus 13D

    Cont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15THE OPPOSITION

    Water damageMisconceptionsWater damage from operating headClean water damageWater damage from system leakInsurance company concernsCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15THE OPPOSITION

    Resale valueRealtor awareness of valueFreedom of choicePolitical beliefsPersonal choiceWell being of the publicCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15THE OPPOSITION

    NeedFactsLife safetyActual fire damageActual water damage

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15DIFFERENT PATHS

    Code enforcementOverviewPlan reviewFire inspectionsFire investigationsFire and life safety educationCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15DIFFERENT PATHS

    Adoption of sprinkler mandatesNational level lawsNeed to adopt at state and local levelReduction in civilian deathsReduce severity of firesReduce risk to firefightersCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15DIFFERENT PATHS

    Sprinkler advocacyPublic promotionsTrade-offsPlanning phaseZoningNegotiating with water departmentCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15DIFFERENT PATHS

    Future approachesHome designAesthetics and efficiencyRural sprinkler componentsTanksNew designsCont.

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  • Life Safety Initiative 15DIFFERENT PATHS

    Ease of retrofittingPartial protectionRemodeling projectsLiabilityProtecting firefightersRetrofitting equipment15-*

  • SummaryWe now have a national building code to assist us in getting residential fire sprinklers installed in all-new constructionWe need to convince the public that residential sprinkler systems are exactly what we needNeed to increase our support of retrofitting sprinkler systems for existing buildingsWe need to look at new ideas in an effort to protect civilian and firefighter lives immediately15-*

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