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Latest Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Stories

2014-02-25 16:30:24

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 26 years since the Village of Long Grove enacted fire sprinkler requirements for new construction homes, Illinois now has 92 communities with such requirements. Many of those communities' officials attended a special meeting at Lewis University's Oak Brook campus this February. Local fire and building officials discussed their home fire sprinkler requirements and shared information about why those requirements play an important...

2014-02-20 16:25:17

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, a fiery explosion occurred during a demonstration in a cooking class at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. The fire occurred when students ignited a gas burner to heat hot chocolate. According to Chicago Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford, the fire shot up to the ceiling and the school's fire sprinkler system quickly extinguished it. Although five students were injured in the explosion, it could have...

2014-02-17 12:26:41

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Condo owners of the 42-story high-rise at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue in Chicago recently instituted the city's first full smoking ban in a high-rise condominium building, effective since January 31. The motive for the ban comes from the unsprinklered high-rise's recent fire history: a double-fatal fire in January 2007, a fire in October 2012, and a fire causing injury to a resident in March 2013. Smoking materials caused at least two of...

2014-01-24 16:22:32

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The cold temperatures are upon us. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water damage by reminding local residents and businesses to simply check to be sure their fire sprinkler systems are protected for the colder weather temperatures, especially below freezing. The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board recommends an effective freeze-up prevention program that includes the...

2013-10-17 12:23:40

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten years have passed since six people died in a high-rise fire that did not have fire sprinklers at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington, October 17, 2003. The City has since established additional fire- and life-safety measures to prevent future tragedies in commercial high-rise buildings. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) questions the safety of occupants who live in...

2013-10-03 16:24:13

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials in the Illinois fire service are predicting a dramatic uptick in intentionally set fires in the state of Illinois through October, stating that the fires will be widespread through dozens of communities. Studies have been able to pinpoint the locations of where the fires will occur and even the dates on which they will occur. Fire officials ask that community members in the following locations (and potentially more locations) stay...

2013-09-06 16:23:15

ORLAND PARK, Ill., Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Students in the Fire Science Technology program at Joliet Junior College (JJC) now will be able to see how a fire sprinkler system works thanks to the new arrival of a fire sprinkler valve display for the fall semester. The valve donation was coordinated by the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and involved a fire sprinkler valve donation from Tyco and the labor to install it on a display pedestal...

2013-07-15 16:25:22

ORLAND PARK, Ill., July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013, legislation that strengthens tax incentives for building owners to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers that can save lives and countless dollars in property loss from fires. If passed, this legislation is good news for Chicago owners and occupants of high-rise buildings built before fire sprinklers...

2013-04-18 16:28:51

ORLAND PARK, Ill., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The State of Illinois has reached a fire safety milestone with 90 communities now requiring fire sprinklers in new construction one- and two-family homes. The number was reached after Hazel Crest and Niles recently passed home fire sprinkler requirements that will result in safer homes for residents and firefighters. Long Grove was the first Illinois community to pass a fire sprinkler ordinance in 1988. In the 2000s, a surge of...

2013-03-15 20:21:38

ORLAND PARK, Ill., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, March 14, Roselle fire crews, with assistance from Bloomingdale Fire Protection District firefighters and the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB/NFSA), conducted an educational home fire sprinkler demonstration in a home acquired for structure burns for fire training. Simulated candle fires were set in two rooms of the home, which were similarly furnished with couches, chairs, desks and computer...