Fire Prevention & Protection, Leadership

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition announces public edcuation program

The non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) introduced its new Public Education Kit available free to fire service and public educators nationwide. HFSC also launched a new interactive educational web site, SprinklerSmarts.org. The new material is part of HFSC’s enormous stride to provide the fire service with the materials and tools needed to educate the public on the benefits of residential fire sprinklers.

The new comprehensive Public Education Kit contains all of HFSC’s educational and presentation material. The kit includes a CD containing customizable presentations, public relations tools, and programs. The DVD consists of all of HFSC’s educational videos including the Protect What You Value Most consumer education video, Built for Life for builders, and Living with Sprinklers for people living in homes protected with sprinklers. The kit also includes new educational brochures for real estate and insurance professionals.

Children are the main focus with HFSC’s Sprinkler Smarts, an animated web site, which stars “Captain Splash & the Drop-lettes.” It offers fun and interactive games for children while also providing teaching materials to help public educators, teachers, and parents educate children. Fire safety officials can use worksheets offered on the website as well as other downloadable material in collaboration with the presentations and games. These materials help children understand fire safety and prevention as well as identify fire sprinklers and their benefits through an entertaining form of education.

The new Public Education Kit and Sprinkler Smarts program were funded through a Department of Homeland Security Fire Act Grant.

To learn more about the new Public Education Kit or to order one for free, visit www.HomeFireSprinkler.org. HFSC’s new interactive web site, Sprinkler Smarts, can be found at www.SprinklerSmarts.org. For additional information on home fire sprinklers, visit www.HomeFireSprinkler.org.

About HFSC

HFSC’s mission is to provide accurate information to the public about the life-saving value of residential fire sprinkler protection, particularly in new construction of one- and two-family dwellings. Steering Committee Members include the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA), Home Safety Council, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), State Farm Insurance and U.S. Fire Administration.

HFSC has developed educational material with details about home fire sprinkler systems, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation. These materials are available upon request by calling 1-888-635-7222 or at the HFSC web site: www.HomeFireSprinkler.org.