Ruth B. Balser is the State Representative for the 12th Middlesex District, Massachusetts, was a featured speaker at the recent Bringing Safety Home Fire Sprinkler Summit. She shared her experience as a legislator advocating for fire sprinklers in Massachussetts
A multiple fatality office fire in Newton, MA - where five people lost their lives in the middle of the day - motivated Rep. Balser to begin advocacy efforts. After a nine-year battle to require sprinklers in commercial properties, she advocates for the expansion of fire sprinkler requirements, including the efforts to extend requirements in the home.
Representative Balser says a strong coalition and local media involvement is key to advocacy efforts.