NFPA Journal - January/February 2013 - (Page 7)

>> in a flash NEWS FROM NFPA + BEYOND Homebuilder sam davis On the House HOME FIRE SPRINKLERS Offering free home fire sprinklers is all in a day’s work for homebuilder Sam Davis, the newest addition to NFPA’s Faces of Fire Campaign. by Fred durso, Jr. to promote sprinkler systems in one- and frey Collins, president of the Florida Fire two-family dwellings. Marshals and Inspectors Association. In a letter of commendation to Davis, Collins “We’re not building a ton of homes, but wrote, “I consider you an industry leader we’re doing a ton of remodeling and placing in life safety because of your conscien[fire sprinklers] in those remodels,” Davis tious and controversial decision to include says of his company, which is currently installing sprinklers in four renovated “Why Would you go through the process of homes. “Down here [in building a home and not install a fire sprinkler system?” Florida], building codes protect our homes so a hurricane doesn’t blow them down, but we automatic fire sprinklers in the new homes don’t do much to protect people against fire.” you are constructing.” Davis is the only builder who sits on Some may call Davis’ decisions adhis town’s Sprinkler Initiative Committee, mirable, but the builder says he’s only which is pushing for an ordinance in Cape practicing common sense. “Why would you Coral that mandates fire sprinklers in new go through the process of building a home single- and multi-family homes in accorand not install a fire sprinkler system?” he dance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinasks. “It’s just ridiculous. I’m waiting for the kler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings day—I hope it never happens—when one and Manufactured Homes. (Florida’s municiof our systems go off. If it does and if it saves palities currently have the authority to one life, it’s well worth the investment.” create their own sprinkler rules.) His stance Visit for a on this issue has received praise from Jefvideo of Davis. S am Davis can’t recall the exact moment when he realized home fire sprinklers make perfect sense. Perhaps it was when his neighbor was displaced for a year from a kitchen fire that spread to the roof. Or maybe it was when Davis, the president and CEO of Island Harbor Construction in Cape Coral, Florida, became increasingly concerned about residents in his company’s five-story condominiums effectively escaping a fire. Whatever the reason, Davis is an anomaly in his field—a homebuilder that, instead of joining many of his peers in fighting legislation to require home fire sprinklers in residences, has championed for the installation of these systems. As an added bonus to Floridian homeowners and sprinkler advocates nationwide, he’s been offering these systems for free since 2009. His actions have made Davis one of NFPA’s newest Faces of Fire, a component of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative that uses testimony from individuals affected by fire Photograph: Brian Tietz for NFPA JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 NFPA JOURNAL 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - January/February 2013

NFPA Journal - January/february 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Rebuilding a Hospital
Prepping for the Worst
Chicago View: A Preview of the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo
Long Time Coming
Section Spotlight
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - January/February 2013