Pam Elliott doesn't recall the flames or smoke from the house fire that enveloped her 55 years ago. She does remember a Good Samaritan who quickly entered her home and whisked her to safety. The damage was done, however; Elliott received burns on 50 percent of her body. She was only five years old.
These injuries haven't slowed down this North Carolina firecracker. She's had a successful career as a burn nurse, and makes a passionate plea for home fire sprinklers whenever she can. (Elliott was one of the speakers at NFPA's recent Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit.) "I'm here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and those most vulnerable in house fires: infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled,” said Elliott, who was recently profiled in NFPA Journal along with three other sprinkler advocates making waves across North America.
Elliott joins an army of other burn survivors that are promoting devices that could have prevented their tragedies had they been installed in their homes. Using advocacy training conducted by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, these advocates are lending their voices to promote sprinkler requirements across North America through their work with state sprinkler coalitions. And the impact they're having is priceless.
Watch the following video highlighting how and why burn survivors are championing for home fire sprinklers: