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Fire Sprinklers – An essential component of affordable housing

Recent announcements from both the Canadian and U.S. governments have placed high importance on the need to increase the stock of affordable housing. In Canada, the Trudeau government has announced a further 4,500 units and $1.5 billion in funding. In the United States, the Biden Administration is proposing 100,000 additional affordable housing units over the next three years. Residential fire …

HOME FIRE SPRINKLERS AND RURAL LOCATIONS

More than 80 percent of Canadian firefighters serve in volunteer departments. These highly trained and qualified professionals respond from unstaffed fire halls, at all times of the day and night, with travel times that vary with geography. You and your loved ones have as little as 90 seconds to safely evacuate once the smoke alarm sounds. After you and your …

Living With Home Fire Sprinklers Is Easy

When you move into a home protected with home fire sprinklers, you may find that your sprinkler installer left valuable information about the care and maintenance of the system. This may include a placard attached to the riser or valve assembly in your home. HFSC’s Living With Sprinklers kit is very helpful. It provides details about the system, how it …

Home Fire Sprinklers Are Essential For Firefighter Safety

New home designs combined with highly combustible contents have created a perfect storm of increased risk to occupants and firefighter sin the pas 20 years. Unprotected, pre-engineered floors fail more quickly in fire conditions. Modern contents have changed compartment-fire dynamics such that flashover can occur within minutes. The burning of modern contents produces products that are more toxic than those …

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Home Fire Sprinklers: Understanding NFPA 13D

For those new to residential fire sprinklers, it is beneficial to understand how the NFPA 13D standard fits into the regulatory framework. NFPA 13D has been around for more than 45 years and is constantly being reviewed, tweaked, and republished to reflect the latest in technology and our lived experiences with fires. In Canada, the national or provincial building codes …

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Home Fire Sprinklers: Myth-Busting

Perhaps the greatest hurdle fire service professionals face in increasing the acceptance of home fire sprinklers is the number of myths circulating about them. Some of these are due to the movie and television industry showing the hero escaping a fire because all of the sprinklers activate at once. Other myths are the result of people perpetuating misconceptions like smoke …

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Why the fuss about home fire sprinklers?

Welcome to the HFSC blog, a series intended to increase the understanding of home fire sprinklers in Canada. Each month, we’ll cover a specific topic, and we invite readers to provide feedback and suggestions for future posts. Why are residential fire sprinklers a hot topic? Quite simply, fires are more ferocious than they were 30 or even 20 years ago. …

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Fifteen Canadian Fire Departments Awarded Stipends to Support Home Fire Sprinkler Community Outreach

With support from The Co-operators and the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA) the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) awarded 13 C$500 stipends and two (2) C$1,000 stipends to 15 Canadian fire departments to support home fire sprinkler community outreach events. Fire Departments may use the stipends to build or refurbish and conduct a fire and sprinkler side-by-side demonstration, build …

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Canadian First Nation mandates sprinklers in new homes

Written by Laura King, NFPA, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada   As safety advocates, we sometimes – often, actually – wonder if our work makes a difference, if anyone’s paying attention. Elaine Kenny paid attention. And now, new homes on Kwantlen First Nation in British Columbia are being built with home fire sprinklers. Kenny is the project manager for Kwantlen, …