"We're not off to a good start this year," La Crosse, Wisconsin, Fire Department Division Chief Craig Snyder recently told a local news station. Going three years without experiencing a fatal fire, La Crosse has had two already this year. Other home fires this year in the town have also displaced a number of people.
While working with the Red Cross to install 2,500 smoke alarms throughout Wisconsin, fire officials are also focusing on these recent fires to make a passionate plea for home fire sprinklers. Though not required by law in Wisconsin, Snyder says sprinklers can be the best defense against home fires. "If you have a fire in a living room or a hallway or a bedroom, that sprinkler's going to discharge and contain that fire and help everybody escape until the fire department can show up and take care of the rest of the problem," Snyder says.
Also on board for increasing the awareness of home fire sprinklers is the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition. (If you live in Wisconsin, please join today.) Read a slightly sarcastic essay by coalition Chair Gregg Cleveland comparing car safety to home safety.