As reported by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) a tragic fire fatality in the state capital during Fire Prevention Week highlights the efforts being made by State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis to update the State’s codes to include home fire sprinkler protection.
In the early morning of October 10th, in the City of Springfield, a 63-year old woman died in her sleep as a fire ravaged through her unit of a duplex home, according to NIFSAB. “Whenever a fire fatality occurs, it is a sad event, however, it is even more tragic when a home fire fatality occurs during national Fire Prevention Week,” says Tom Lia, executive director for NIFSAB.
The fatal fire happened in the midst of Fire Prevention Week, which ran from October 7-13 this year. Tom Lia reports that with this most recent fire fatality, Illinois remains on an unfortunate track to reach over 100 fire fatalities in 2012. He believes it should be a wake-up call to Illinois leaders.
“Now is the time to understand why State Fire Marshal Matkaitis wants to adopt the newest edition of the model code from NFPA, which has incorporated home fire sprinklers since 2006,” notes Lia, who believes the code update will provide safer homes in the future and avoid such tragedies.