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Death of elderly couple in fire underscores need for home sprinklers

June 27, 2014SSN Staff

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. The Illinois couple, one of whom had mobility issues and used an oxygen tank, was unable to escape in time, according to local media. Older adults are among groups most at risk of fire death and injury, the newsletter said. “This fire is a tragic reminder...

International Residential Code, Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, Tom Lia, Will County

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NFPA against proposal to allow fire extinguishers in kitchens in lieu of fire sprinklers

April 23, 2013Tess Nacelewicz

QUINCY, Mass.—A proposal to exempt homes with just a fire extinguisher in the kitchen from an International Residential Code requirement that all new homes have fire sprinklers is tragically misguided, according to a spokeswoman for the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Sprinkler Initiative. The International Code Council is slated to consider the amendment during ICC committee action hearings, set to run April 21 to April 30 in Dallas. But Maria Figueroa, Fire Sprinkler...

International Residential Code, Maria Figueroa, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), The Fire Sprinkler Initiative

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