Multiple injuries by firefighters in recent apartment fires indicate the need for sprinklers

Linthicum Heights, MD, April 8, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – In two days, 24 firefighters were injured in fires at separate apartments in New York and New Jersey.

April 6th, 21 people were injured in a fire at a Queens apartment building in New York City. Among the injured are 16 firefighters, two who suffered burns and five civilians. There are about 150 apartments in the building. 240 people were displaced by the fire.

April 7th, a fire shattered an apartment building on Staten Island, New York. Flames were seen from the apartment on the third floor. Four firefighters were injured, one with serious injuries.

April 7th, four firefighters were injured while battling a three-alarm fire in the West Windsor apartment complex, New Jersey.

None of these apartment buildings were equipped with fire sprinklers. All of these injuries could have been prevented had sprinklers been present in those buildings.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters are 11 times more likely to be injured in fires of structures than in fires that are not in the structure. Fire sprinklers greatly increase fire safety for both residents and firefighters. Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the most effective method to combat the spread of fires at an early stage – before they can cause serious injury to residents and firefighters, and damage property.

Although fire sprinkler systems have been in use in the United States since 1874, the number of apartment buildings without these life-saving and property-saving systems is truly staggering. Only after 2003 did national model codes require that these apartments in lower and middle buildings be protected by fire-fighting systems. Unfortunately, some jurisdictions did not adopt them at the time.

“Every time a news feed introduces facts about these fires, it takes our breath away,” says NFSA President Shane Ray. “As a former fire officer, volunteer fire commander and state fire marshal, I saw first hand the modern challenges facing our country’s fire service. Modern furniture and facilities in our homes make for a challenging fire. Fire sprinklers can prevent these events, which in turn saves lives and property. “President Ray sends an email every Friday to all NFSA members in which spotlights report where sprinklers save lives and property in all types of apartments, especially apartments. President Ray believes there is an apartment being saved almost every day across America because of sprinklers and firefighters.He says, “it’s hard to see firefighters and passengers hurt when we have a solution.”

These fires emphasize the importance of the work of the National Foundation of Fallen Firefighters and their initiatives for firefighter safety. In particular, Initiative no. 15 deals with the importance of code application and the installation of fire sprinklers.

“Fires like these can be prevented,” added Dave Kurasz, executive director of New Jersey and the PenJerDel chapter of the NFSA. “We can and must do a better job of protecting the people who call these buildings their home. If fire sprinklers were installed in these buildings, the tenants would still have all their memories, things and personal items that mean so much to them, items that simply have no price. “

About the National Fire Sprayers Association (NFSA): Founded in 1905, the NFSA aims to make the world safer from fires, and works to raise awareness of the importance of sprinkler fire systems from homes to tall buildings and all apartments in between. The Association is an inclusive organization made up of dedicated and dedicated members of the advanced life-saving industry. This industry manufactures, designs, supplies, installs, inspects and services the world’s most efficient system for saving lives and property from uncontrolled structural fires.

For more information on fire sprinklers, their operation and access to additional resources and information, visit www.nfsa.org to learn the latest materials, statistics and a dedicated team of fire advocates who are ready to serve all stakeholders to fulfill the vision of a safer world.

CONTACT: Vickie Pritchett National Fire Sprinkler Association 615-533-0305 [email protected]

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