Protect families. Protect firefighters. Support fire sprinklers.
The Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in Delaware. The coalition actively works to educate stakeholder groups on home fire sprinklers and collaborates with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to home fire sprinkler requirements. To join the coalition or for more information, contact Chair Paul Eichler at 302-359-3057.
Coalition members convene during a 2016 meeting
Coalition Chair Takes on Fire Sprinkler Naysayer
A letter to the editor including less-than-flattering statements about requiring home fire sprinklers was countered by Coalition Chair Paul Eichler. He addresses cost and how the coalition is currently working to address barriers to installation. Read his comments.
Sprinkler Activation Rapidly Extinguishes Home Fire
While responding to a 2016 home fire, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company witnessed the power of home fire sprinklers. Instead of battling an inferno, firefighters discovered that the home's fire sprinklers had extinguished the fire. "The sprinklers did exactly what they are designed to do," says Millville Fire Chief Doug Scott. "These types of systems save lives." The National Fire Protection Association notes that during most fires in homes equipped with fire sprinklers, only a single sprinkler will activate, eliminating the discharge of unnecessary water.
Local Fires Prompt Coalition Chair to Take Action
Back-to-back home fires in Delaware prompted Coalition Chair Paul Eichler to pen a commentary on the disaster fires leave in their wake and the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homes. "These fires were terrible tragedies," he writes. "I hope that the families are able to get their lives back to normal as soon as possible. Building with sprinklers will help to make sure lives and property are well protected." Read the full commentary by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Delaware Governor Signs Law Requiring Homebuilder Action on Home Fire Sprinklers
In front of more than 100 fire sprinkler advocates and key politicians, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation on August 6, 2015, aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners. The new law requires builders of new, one- and two-family homes to give buyers cost estimates for fire sprinkler installation. The law also requires buyers to receive educational material on home fire sprinklers. This free pamphlet produced by the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office can be downloaded from its website.
The Home Fire Problem in Delaware
Home fires in Delaware pose one of the biggest threats to the people in its communities. Between 2009 and 2014, Delaware fire departments responded to nearly 4,400 home fires that caused:
- close to 60 civilian fire deaths
- nearly 90 firefighter injuries
- more than $31 million in property damage