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USA Fire becomes 1st Accredited Residential Fire Sprinkler Contractor

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

In a July 1st 2013 press release by the prestigious Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), United States Alliance Fire Protection was recognized as the very first accredited residential fire sprinkler contractor. The official, nationwide launch of the program will occur during the CPSE Awards Dinner on August 15th  2013

The accreditation process is rigorous. A self assessment form covering eight distinct categories each with required core competencies and preferred performance indicators must be submitted, each with supporting verifiable evidence. CPSE then evaluates the submission to determine a company’s fitness for accreditation.

Accreditation is designed to establish a new level of trust. Local authorities, homebuilders and ultimately homeowners can be confident that an accredited residential fire sprinkler contractor stands behind their work and conducts their business with integrity.

According to Bill Winzentsen, Vice President of Residential, “We at USA Fire are honored to receive this distinction and pledge to live up to the high standards demanded by it.”

The High Rise Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Debate Continues In Chicago

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Chicago Tribune reported an update today essentially reminding us that the status quo thrives; the forces of life safety battle on against the forces of accountancy. Does this debate ultimately boil down to an actuarial end-game of what a “statistical” life is worth? Perhaps, provided of course it’s not your own life or the life of someone that transcends the value of money to you.

Wouldn’t objectivity (and good sense) demand that all stakeholders have as thorough an understanding of fire dynamics as economics before betting people’s lives on it? Putting it another way, if you live in a pre-1975 high rise in Chicago your fate (and that of all your neighbors) is in the hands of others. Manual firefighting and rescue in a high rise structure is among the most challenging scenarios fire departments face. To imagine it like TV or Hollywood is to be gravely naive.

In the end, fire is a natural phenomenon that does not discriminate. Ignoring the dangers involved in high rise living without fire sprinklers has two effects: increased risk combined with decreased control over your own fate. Intentionally avoiding retrofit on an economic basis only switches the currency with which you may pay.

High Rise Life Safety

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) has constructed a new website devoted to the benefits of retrofitting fire sprinklers into residential high rise buildings. While the site does specifically focus on Chicago, the consumer-oriented information presented significantly raises fire safety awareness for anyone considering high rise living. Before signing a lease or accepting a dorm assignment, consider carefully what your options will be in a fire emergency when you are above the reach of the highest ladder truck.

As posted elsewhere on this website, United States Alliance Fire Protection (USA Fire) has the experience and corporate stability necessary for bringing complicated retrofit projects in on-time and on budget. We understand that sprinklers consistently save lives and property everywhere they are installed and maintained, but we are especially proud of making high rise buildings a place to live.

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?