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Repeat of Fire Tragedy in Chicago High-Rise Should Have Been Prevented
Date:12/10/2009

or flashover. These types of systems may lead residents to wrongfully believe that their buildings have the equivalent protection of fire sprinklers.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no fire protection system that compares to fire sprinklers or offers as much protection from fires, allowing residents time to escape and preventing flashover.

Unfortunately, as is again the case, there is no improved life safety benefit achieved by Chicago's LSE program. The ordinance is a deceptive pretense that has the potential to continually contribute to lives lost should future fires occur in the buildings affected by the LSE ordinance.

About NIFSAB

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and governmental policy makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinklers in saving both lives and property.

For more information, please visit www.firesprinklerassoc.org.

Resources:

National Fire Protection Association High-Rise Fire Reports: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1872&itemID=44412&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/High-rise%20buildings/Reports%20and%20statistics

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) / U.S. Fire Administration "American Burning Recommissioned" Report: www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-264.pdf


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