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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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It’s The Most Flammable Time Of The Year

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Many folks have had Christmas trees set up in their homes since Thanksgiving. Fresh trees will transpire amazing amounts of water, if deprived of water they will dry out quickly and become serious fire hazards in the home. It’s true that Christmas trees contribute to only a tiny percentage of home fires but when they do the results are catastrophic. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, has a number of startling videos on their website depicting what can happen. You may be shocked. http://fire.nist.gov/tree_fire.htm

Headline: Fire Put Out Early, No One Killed!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The fire sprinkler industry has long suffered from a lack of recognition; dramatic fires are headlines, sprinkler saves are below the fold on page five. Simply put, the preemptive nature of fire sprinklers promotes their under appreciation.

Despite the fact that more than 3000 people die annually in residential fires, the myths about fire sprinklers abound. These are dutifully refuted everyday by advocates then rehashed by opponents the very next.

As one observes the ferocity with which opponents to residential fire sprinklers fight to eliminate their wider acceptance, the words of Mark Twain come to mind, “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”

How do we capture the imagination of the public with a new image of fire sprinklers in a clever way that does not involve capitalizing on the next tragic headline?