Protect families. Protect firefighters. Support home fire sprinklers.
The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in new homes. The coalition is a resource for information on home fire sprinklers and, through a cooperative effort with stakeholders, works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety. To join the coalition or for more information, contact NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
Download the coalition's 12-page pamphlet underscoring all you need to know about home fire sprinklers.
Michael Young, Deputy Chief of Operations (Retired), Plymouth Fire Department talks about these incentives, how developers can take advantage of incentives or trade ups. how they have been used in Massachusetts and resources available to learn more.
Jennifer Hoyt, chief fire protection engineer for the Department of Fire Services’ Fire Safety Division and a call firefighter in her community, installs an NFPA 13D system in her 1984 ranch style home.
Metrowest MA Pilot Seminar Results
How informative the attendees found the program: 4.8/5
Ratings on program topics:
What are home fire sprinkler incentives? 4.8/5
How do they benefit developers and communities? 4.7/5
Free resources to share: 4.4/5
Case studies: 4.4/5
Agreeing on an incentive offer: 4.3/5
11/14 respondents would like to receive future case studies.
Example of feedback received: "Good case studies, love the sprinkler save." "When in a position to advocate for sprinklers, I will."
Examples of follow-up questions received:
How does someone know if an installer/plumber is qualified to install?
What other methods/systems have been established in other communities that are proving effective?
How do you supercede the minimums and the fire code? Example: making roads narrower, apparatus turnaround?
Following efforts by a fire chief, the town of Berlin will begin requiring fire sprinklers in new developments. For how this requirement came to be, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Massachusetts Town Passes Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirement
Wounded Veteran Receives Fully Sprinklered Home
During a recent groundbreaking ceremony, Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating (left) joined Paul Skarinka and his wife, Jenn, at the site of their new home, which will include home fire sprinklers.The coalition was able to secure the labor and materials to install the fire sprinklers at no cost.
State Representative Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
Coalition members met with State Representative Ruth Balser, a fire sprinkler advocate, to discuss legislation requiring this technology in all new homes in Massachusetts.
Editorial: Residential Building Code Must Include Fire Sprinklers
In an editorial appearing in a handful of Massachusetts publications, NFPA President Jim Pauley underscores the necessity of including a requirement for home fire sprinklers in the state's next edition of its residential building code. "If fire sprinklers are important enough to make it into every model building code – the minimum standard to which all homes should be built – why are fire sprinklers not important enough for Massachusetts homes?" states Pauley. "Our residents and their decision-makers must understand that without fire sprinklers, new homes are lacking a necessary component, and are substandard." Read the full editorial.
Local TV Commercial Highlights Home Fire Sprinklers
The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition has sponsored a TV ad encouraging home buyers to ask for home fire sprinklers:
Town Council Passes Sprinkler Ordinance
Fire sprinklers must be installed in all new, multi-unit dwellings in the town of Palmer, per a municipal ordinance passed by the town's city council in 2015. The action followed a home fire that killed a resident in a 20-unit apartment building in February 2015. Existing boarding, lodging, and rooming houses with more than five units must install sprinklers within five years, according to the new ordinance.
Coalition Assists with Sprinkler Installation
NFPA has collaborated with the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the South Shore Habitat for Humanity to sprinkler two, three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath homes in Hanover. NFPA President Jim Pauley took part in assisting professionals with the September 2014 installation. For more information about the event, watch the following video:
Fires in Massachusetts
In the last decade, there have been more than 57,000 fires in one- and two-family homes in Massachusetts. These fires:
- killed more than 200 people.
- injured more than 2,200 firefighters and 1,400 civilians.
- caused more than $829 million in property loss.
Download the coalition's fact sheet to learn more about Massachusetts house fires and the impact of residential sprinklers.
Massachusetts fire organizations that support fire sprinklers in new homes