Category: In The News

Daylight Savings- Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries

Daylight Savings- Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries It’s Daylight savings time! As you change your clocks backward, USA Fire Protection wants to remind you to change your smoke alarm batteries. According to the NFPA, 40% of home fires occur in homes without working smoke detectors, and 25% of home fire death resulted from smoke […]

Illinois Revises Smoke Detector Act

Illinois Revises Smoke Detector Act Amended Law Now Requires Homes to Update Their Smoke Detectors Most residents in Illinois are likely unaware of a new law that will take effect January 1, 2023. In August 2017, Illinois quietly amended the Smoke Detector Act, first passed in 1988. The new law requires homes to have smoke […]

Our Lady of the Angels

USAFP PROVIDES FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM TO OUR LADY OF ANGELS SCHOOL, SITE OF DEVASTATING 1958 FIRE More than 1,600 students and faculty attended Our Lady of Angels School, located in Humboldt Park on Chicago’s West Side. On December 1st, 1958, shortly before the school day ended, a fire ignited in a basement trash pile. As […]

Fire Prevention Week 2020

Fire Prevention Week 2020 The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most devastating fires to date, killing over 250 people and destroying over 17,400 structures. As a result, in 1925 President Calvin Coolidge started the National Observance of Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. Fire Protection week has been […]

Insurance Discounts For Fire Protection

Insurance Discounts For Fire Protection Life safety systems such as fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems significantly increase your safety. But did you know they can also significantly increase the amount you save on insurance? In Illinois, annual homeowner’s insurance premium discount percentages ranged from 5 to 10% for those who have residential life safety […]

Eye Injury Prevention Month

Make eye protection a part of your 2020 vision! Workplace eye injuries send 20,000 people to the emergency room each year, with an estimated 90% that could have been avoided. The American Academy of Ophthalmology names July, National Eye Injury Prevention Month. Prevention is the most important step in avoiding an eye injury; and wearing […]

Working in Extreme Heat

Working in Extreme Heat Every year, dozens of employees fall ill while working in extreme heat conditions, with extreme cases resulting in death. Overexposure to high temperatures can range from heat rash and heat cramps, to heat exhaustion, and can progress to a life-threatening condition known as heat stroke. Knowing how to stay safe and cool while working in extreme […]

NFPA 25 Inspection Requirements

NFPA 25 Inspection Requirements The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a nonprofit organization responsible for setting codes and standards for best practices in the fire protection industry. As advancements are made in sprinkler technologies and new methods are developed, the codes require regular updates. Recently, the NFPA has included new requirements for NFPA 25: […]

Incentives to Invest in a Fire Sprinkler System

Did you know that there are substantial tax incentives for investing in fire sprinkler systems for commercial structures? In December 2017, Congress passed tax reform legislation under Public Law 115-97 that make it more affordable for small business owners to install fire sprinklers. Section 179 of the tax code considers fire protection to be an […]