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Death of elderly couple in fire underscores need for home sprinklers

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06/27/2014

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—An elderly couple died in a house fire one month after a local board voted to omit a sprinkler requirement in new construction, according to the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter.

Statewide residential fire sprinkler effort derailed in Illinois

'Misinformation' campaign in Chicago leads to withdrawal of proposal, a sprinkler advocate says
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08/12/2013

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Illinois this summer appeared poised to become the third state in the nation to adopt residential sprinkler requirements statewide, with the Illinois State Fire Marshal recommending the state’s first update of its fire code in 11 years.

Illinois advocate is home sprinkler champion

NFPA recognizes Tom Lia for his work getting communities to adopt sprinkler requirements
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05/13/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—This year marked the fifth year the National Fire Protection Association has held its annual Fire Sprinkler Summit—and the first year the organization gave out a Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award.

Illinois enacts new law on dorm sprinklers

All public and private colleges and universities must install sprinklers by September 2014
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09/24/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Parents of college students should be able to rest easier as the result of a new law requiring fire sprinklers in on-campus dormitories at public and private colleges and universities in Illinois by September 2014, according to the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.

Illinois home fire sprinkler initiatives under way

Two-pronged effort in the state aims to increase residential fire sprinkler requirements
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07/11/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Whether it’s through a town-by-town adoption of new residential fire sprinkler requirements or via a new effort to require sprinklers in homes statewide, Illinois is making progress toward mandating the life safety devices in more and more homes, according to Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB).