Wauconda, Palatine, Elk Grove Village, Rock Island, and Lake Forest upgraded their codes or passed ordinances during 2018 requiring fire sprinklers in all new construction homes. That brings the list of towns and districts with NFPA 13D requirement to 110.

According to the NFPA, a house fire can become deadly in less than two minutes. With the growing concern for firefighter health, safety and exposure to contaminants that result from fires, these towns are taking progressive action adopting codes that protect their citizens and firefighters.

Home fire sprinklers also play an important role in Community Risk Reduction programs. When new housing stock is protected, it allows fire department to continue focusing their resources on higher risk areas.

Congratulations to the five new towns who are protecting their communities.