Stunned city officials in Wyoming recently got up close and personal with fire's fierceness during a live burn demonstration organized by the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Held in Casper, the event coincided with the annual Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) Conference, which brought together mayors, city council members, clerks, and others.
"I received a thank-you email from a WAM member, and a statement of theirs struck home," Brad Carroll, fire prevention specialist with the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's office, told NFPA. "It said, 'It still scares me how quickly fire in the nonsprinklered container spread.' The timeline [of fire] must be shared every time sprinkler advocates present information. We must be very aggressive in pursuing these critical, educational elements about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers."
Per a listing of U.S. sprinkler requirements on the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site, local jurisdictions in Wyoming may adopt the sprinkler requirement found in all model building codes for one- and two-family homes.
Looking for additional ways to advocate for sprinklers? Here are some additional tips from NFPA.