NIFSAB assisted the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition with a video shoot demonstrating the difference between a living room fire with and without home fire sprinklers. Working with Chief Joe Falaschetti and the Beecher (IL) Fire Department, a home slated for demolition was identified. Two sets of furniture, carpet, drapes and home decorations were used. Tom Lia, NIFSAB Executive Director worked with HFSC to determine the room set up, oversee the installation of the home fire sprinkler according to NFPA 13D and assist with the two fires.

Chief Falaschetti conducted a safety meeting prior to the two fires. NIFSAB’s Tom Lia talked about the home fire sprinkler installed in the room.

Tom Lia prepared the video crew before the sprinkler activation.

Chief Falaschetti followed NFPA 1403 and conducted safety meetings and tours of the home with the fire crew prior to the burn. He also worked closely with the camera crew to make sure all involved with the shoot understood the safety procedures. The crew used five cameras to capture the footage from different angles, views, wide and close up shots.
First, the fire with the sprinkler was set. In less than 30 seconds the smoke alarm activated. The fire spread up the curtain and couch. In less than two minutes the sprinkler activated and controlled the fire. Shortly after the sprinkler activated, the fire crew entered the room used some water to extinguish fire in the couch.

Here is the room after the sprinkler activated and controlled the fire.

Two hours after the sprinkler controlled the fire, the room was ready for another fire.

Less than two hours after the successful activation, the water was cleaned up, the walls and ceiling were painted and the furniture and carpet were replaced. The same fire was started. At approximately three minutes, flashover occurred. According to thermal sensors located in the room, temperatures reached 1150 degrees.

Outside view of the fire without the sprinkler.


All the contents in the room were damaged.

The video footage will be used for educational videos and it will be available to media for fire safety stories. This high quality digital footage will replace video footage HFSC produced for a consumer education video in 1999.