Best known for his role in preventing wildfires, Smokey Bear is bringing his message of fire safety closer to home.
Assisting the U.S. Forest Service's beloved mascot with this effort is the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition. A favorite among attendees at the California State Fair in Sacramento (this year's event takes place July 10-26), Camp Smokey is an interactive exhibit showcasing a number of fire-safety principles. Since sprinklers are a requirement in all of California's new, one- and two-family homes and townhomes, the coalition thought fair goers would also enjoy getting up close and personal with these devices.
Coalition member Jini Krippner approached Bruce LeCair, Southwest regional manager and associate director of Regional Operations West for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), about the idea to sprinkler Smokey's cabin. LeCair, also a coalition member, linked up with sprinkler pipe manufacturer Lubrizol, which installed sprinklers in the cabin that were in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.
Since the sprinklers are meant to merely display proper installation, they are not hooked up to a water supply. The sprinkler pipes are exposed as an additional educational component.
NFSA's LeCair tells NFPA that he hopes other states utilize similar educational tactics to underscore the ease and necessity of home fire sprinklers. As for the coalition's efforts to continue educating the public even though a sprinkler requirement is on the books in California, "people need to know what's in their homes keeping them safe from fire," he says. "We need to keep that out front. That's the neat thing about the California coalition--they'll take on these sorts of educational projects. Without the coalition, we wouldn't be promoting sprinklers the way we do in California. We wouldn't have as strong of a regulation in our state."
Learn how other states are educating and advocating by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's sprinkler coalitions page. Get involved today!