Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High Rise...Again! - (12/21/2016)
Park, IL (December 21, 2016) – Yesterday in Evanston, a single fire sprinkler
extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby
boxes of food in a residence at The Mather, a 10-story senior living facility.
According to fire officials, no one was injured and over $150,000 in damage was
prevented thanks to the quick action of the fire sprinkler.
sprinkler save marks the second time this year that fire sprinklers prevented
major fires at residential high-rises in Evanston. In March, a single fire
sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in an apartment unit of the 11-story
Housing Authority of Cook County’s Perlman Apartments high-rise. The building
recently had been retrofitted with fire sprinklers in November 2015.
the buildings where the fire sprinkler saves occurred this year have senior
residents that are at high risk in the event of fires, according to the NFPA.
Also, there is the added risk due to limited escape routes in high-rises,” says
Evanston Fire Captain John Roche. “In each case, a single fire sprinkler
averted a potentially serious incident.”
following national model codes that require fire sprinkler protection in
high-rises, Evanston city officials are ensuring the safety of high-rise
residents. That gives the city a huge life safety advantage over the city of
Chicago, which unfortunately does not require all high-rises to be
sprinklered,” says Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern
Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.
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Welcome to Sprinkler Fitters Local 281
At the United Association of Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281, we are responsible for protecting businesses, schools, homes, and, more importantly, precious lives, from the devastation of fire. It is no wonder we take our jobs so seriously.
Too many cut corners by not installing reliable automatic sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, these shortcuts can lead to immeasurable damage. Statistics show that buildings with proper fire protection systems suffer twenty-four percent less damage and fire loss than unsprinkled properties.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 1983 to 1987, damage from hotel fires was seventy-eight percent less in buildings with sprinkler systems, than those without. The water damage from automatic sprinkler systems is considerably less than from a fire department's hose stream because sprinkler systems require a minimal amount of water to operate. Oftentimes, a fire is brought under control by only three sprinkler heads, sometimes even fewer.
With so much riding on the skills of our Sprinkler Fitters, it is critical that our journeymen receive the best training available. In addition to a rigorous apprenticeship program, many U.A. Sprinkler Fitters choose to expand their skills by voluntarily participating in advanced training programs. Some even go on to become instructors through the United Association International Instructor Training Program.
The members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are committed to providing quality installation, service and repair to the piping and fixtures used in sprinkler systems. They know that when human lives are at stake, there is no room for error, and there might not be a second chance to get it done right. That is why the Sprinkler Fitters of Local 281 do the job right, the first time, every time.
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