Amy and Christopher Murray of Northbridge, Mass. hosted an open house in conjunction with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the Northbridge Fire Department to give tours of their new home and point out one of its most important and necessary safety features – home fire sprinklers. More than 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in homes.
According to Amy Murray, the addition of home fire sprinklers gives her much needed peace of mind because their nine-year-old sons live with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy which would make it difficult for them and their family to escape a home fire.
Amy and Christopher Murray spoke to a group of community members, fire service, contractors and others gathered outside of their home for the event to highlight the significance of what having fire sprinklers installed means to them and thank everyone for making it possible. Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, a strong advocate for changing the Massachusetts state building code to require home fire sprinklers in newly constructed homes throughout the state spoke, as did Northbridge Fire Chief Gary Nestor, the National Fire Protection Association’s Tim Travers who also spoke on behalf of HFSC, and others.
Students from the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School helped build the home. Home fire sprinklers were donated by Viking Supply Net., Vixen Fire Protection Service and Scott Henderson, FPE donated the design, and Sprinklerfitters UA Local 669 and 550 installed the system.
Read the Milford Daily News coverage of this event.