NFSA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors are Joining Forces to Defend the International Residential Code

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The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., is working in collaboration with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, a leading national, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury. This collaboration has occurred as a result of an effort to defend the need for fire sprinklers in residential homes. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is asking members to unite and mobilize to help defend the International Residential Code (IRC), which is an extremely significant issue to the NFSA. This call to action is a result of recent proposals to rescind the sprinkler requirements in the 2012 edition of the IRC, requirements that were previously adopted in the 2009 edition.

This is a perfect example of how their experiences can be used to motivate safety and prevention of future incidents. We both recognize the value of fire sprinklers in the home and the potential that they have to reduce the human suffering that results from residential fires. We are pleased to be working with such a respected organization on this critical public safety issue.

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., is working in collaboration with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, a leading national, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury. This collaboration has occurred as a result of an effort to defend the need for fire sprinklers in residential homes. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is asking members to unite and mobilize to help defend the International Residential Code (IRC), which is an extremely significant issue to the NFSA.

This call to action is a result of recent proposals to rescind the sprinkler requirements in the 2012 edition of the IRC, requirements that were previously adopted in the 2009 edition.

Unprecedented numbers of fire and life safety advocates devoted their time and effort in getting sprinkler requirements adopted into the IRC in 2008, and since that time various groups have attempted to repeal the home fire sprinkler requirement from the IRC. Proposals from these opponents are expected to be heard at the International Code Council's (ICC) upcoming public hearing in Baltimore, MD, on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, and NFSA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors are rallying voters to support the legislation.

"Burn victims have first-hand experience with the trauma that can result from fires," said John Viniello, president of NFSA. "This is a perfect example of how their experiences can be used to motivate safety and prevention of future incidents. We both recognize the value of fire sprinklers in the home and the potential that they have to reduce the human suffering that results from residential fires. We are pleased to be working with such a respected organization on this critical public safety issue."

There are various requirements to be eligible to vote at the upcoming hearing. Individuals must be members of the International Code Council prior to October 1, 2009, and they must be present at the hearing. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is offering support to anyone that is interested in backing the movement by assisting with membership registration to the ICC and with transportation to the hearing.

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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