Fire Service Leaders From Across the Nation Join NFSA's Sprinklerman© in Major League Baseball Debut, Sprinkler Awareness at Washington Nationals Game

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The National Fire Sprinkler Association's popular mascot Sprinklerman© made his major league baseball debut at the Washington Nationals' baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, September 10, where the Nationals beat the first-place team 8-7. Sprinklerman participated in on-field photo opportunities with fans, fire fighters and team mascots to show support for Fire Team USA, which sponsored Night Out at the Nationals, and all proceeds benefited the Congressional Fire Services Institute and The District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department. Approximately 100 fire service leaders were in attendance from all over the country, and 18,706 fans saw the game.

The National Fire Sprinkler Association's popular mascot Sprinklerman© made his major league baseball debut at the Washington Nationals' baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, September 10, where the Nationals beat the first-place team 8-7.

Sprinklerman participated in on-field photo opportunities with fans, fire fighters and team mascots to show support for Fire Team USA, which sponsored Night Out at the Nationals, and all proceeds benefited the Congressional Fire Services Institute and The District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department. Approximately 100 fire service leaders were in attendance from all over the country, and 18,706 fans saw the game.

Sprinklerman joined Nationals mascots George (Washington), Teddy (Roosevelt), Abe (Lincoln), Sparky (Rube) and Screech in the fun, but also to spread awareness of fire safety in the home.

Almost 90 percent of all fire fatalities occur in the home - the place where we feel the safest! Smoke detectors are no longer enough protection in homes as new lightweight construction and more flammable home contents have created an alarming fire safety threat to our citizens, our fire professionals and our first responders.

FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration recently has endorsed the installation of fire sprinklers in one-and-two family homes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other fire service organizations around the country have joined this initiative to make residential fire sprinklers a requirement, along with smoke detectors, to ensure the most effective fire protection in the home.

Home builders are aggressively fighting against these measures, citing cost as the reason to remove the requirement from the 2009 International Residential Code. However, nationally, the cost to install automatic fire sprinklers in a new home is about $1.61 per-square-foot, which is approximately one percent of the value of the home, according to the FEMA benefit-cost analysis on residential fire sprinklers. A recent study conducted by the NFPA found that the installation of fire sprinklers in homes had no negative effect on home sales.

About the National Fire Sprinkler Association
Established in 1905, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is the voice of the fire sprinkler industry. NFSA leads the drive to get life-saving fire sprinklers into all buildings; provides support and resources for its members - fire sprinkler contractors, manufacturers and suppliers; and educates authorities having jurisdiction of fire control matters. Headquartered in Patterson, N.Y., NFSA has regional operations offices throughout the country. http://www.nfsa.org.

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