Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighter Training, Fireground Safety

Home Safety Council announces two sponsorships

The Home Safety Council (HSC) is pleased to announce that the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is a 2007 Keystone Sponsor, supporting HSC’s national fire safety education outreach along with the Sprinkler Manufacturers Industry Fund. NFSA is a nonprofit international organization working toward widespread acceptance of competently installed and maintained automatic fire sprinkler systems in new and existing construction, from homes to high-rise buildings.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Home Safety Council in support of HSC’s efforts to reduce fire and burn injuries by raising awareness of the home fire safety options available,” said NFSA President John Viniello. “With this renewed sprinkler industry support, we hope to sustain the Council’s leadership in home fire and burn safety education, helping HSC develop and distribute high quality teaching tools for fire and life safety educators across the country.”

The nonprofit Home Safety Council is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing injuries at home. Fire and burns are among the three leading causes of unintentional home injury in the U.S., which combined result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year.

Among the national programs HSC employs to reduce home fire injuries and deaths is the Home Safety Council’s Expert Network, a free online resource serving nearly 4,500 community safety educators with downloadable injury prevention educational materials. With the support of NFSA and its other partners, HSC is also able to offer a variety of outstanding print and video teaching tools on home safety topics to members of the Expert Network at little or no cost.

“We are very grateful to the National Fire Sprinkler Association and the Sprinkler Manufacturers Industry Fund for their support and generous donations that help fund our education and outreach programs,” said Home Safety Council President Meri-K Appy. “It is essential for people in every corner of every community to understand both the risk of home fires and the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinkler systems. Thanks to NFSA, we’re able to help increase that knowledge nationally.”

The Home Safety Council has long been an active proponent of residential fire sprinkler protection. Appy represents HSC on the Steering Committee of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), which serves as a nonprofit and non-commercial fire sprinkler educational group. NFSA co-founded HFSC in 1996, along with the American Fire Sprinkler Association and the National Fire Protection Association.

The Home Safety Council (HSC) is also pleased to announce that Tyco Fire & Building Products (TFBP) has made a generous contribution to support home fire safety education for people of all ages, becoming a 2006-2007 HSC Keystone Sponsor. TFBP is a leading manufacturer of water-based fire suppression system components and the creator of the Rapid Response™ Home Fire Sprinkler System, designed specifically for the home.

“We are very pleased to join the Home Safety Council in its efforts to reduce home fire injuries and deaths across America,” said Carmine Schiavone, vice president of marketing and sales at TFBP. “We believe that home fire and burn safety starts with education. The Home Safety Council is working diligently and effectively to put high-quality teaching materials into the hands of local public safety educators at no cost, or very low cost. That’s an important cause and one we want to help advance.”

“The Home Safety Council is grateful to Tyco Fire & Building Products for demonstrating its commitment to public safety education with this generous contribution,” said Home Safety Council President Meri-K Appy. “With Tyco’s help, we are able to reach more people with the vital information they need to stay safer from fire and burns at home, including building greater awareness of the lifesaving power of home fire sprinkler systems.”

HSC is battling the home fire problem through dynamic partnerships that include TFBP and also with a suite of new fire safety educational tools designed for all ages. Weekly Reader facilitates free delivery of the new fire safety materials to preschool, elementary and middle school students, as well as to older adults in senior centers across the United States. Additionally, the Home Safety Council Expert Network serves as a free online resource for public safety educators. By working with TFBP and its other partners, HSC is able to offer a variety of print and video teaching tools on home safety topics through the Expert Network.

With fire and burns among the top three causes of unintentional home fire injuries and deaths, the Home Safety Council has long been an active proponent of residential fire sprinkler protection. HSC is a proud member of the Steering Committee of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), which serves nationally as a non-commercial fire sprinkler educational group.

About the Home Safety Council

The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home-related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC.