Builder Installs Fire Sprinklers in His Family's New Home

Left to right: Western Springs Fire Captain Kurt Schlueter, homeowner Bill McNaughton, Dynamic Fire Protection’s Shaun Maher, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mayor, Lieutenant Chuck Lichtenauer, Western Springs Trustee James Horvath, and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia[/caption] When custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton chose to build his family’s new 3,800+-square-foot custom home in Western Springs, it was a “no-brainer” for him to install a fire sprinkler system for peace of mind and the life-safety benefits it provides in case of a fire. He wanted to be sure that his wife, Jennifer, and their 19-month-old son, William, are protected from fire when he is not home with them. McNaughton and his brother, Matthew, co-own Burr-Ridge-based McNaughton Brothers Construction, LLC. Together they have built, remodeled, and managed various residential and commercial buildings since 2002. McNaughton credits the decision to voluntarily install fire sprinklers in his own home to having seen the effects of fires with and without fire sprinkler protection in commercial buildings. [caption id="attachment_3535" align="alignright" width="277"] The McNaughton Family[/caption] Over the years, McNaughton gained experience specifically with residential fire sprinkler protection by building custom homes in neighboring Clarendon Hills, a community that has required fire sprinklers in all new home construction since August 2000. While some homebuilders believe that fire sprinklers amount to extra costs, McNaughton instead believes they are a unique selling advantage for homebuilders and offers them as an option to his custom home clients — even in communities where they are not required by code or ordinance. “Consumers need to be educated about home fire sprinklers, but so do homebuilders and those that sell homes to the consumer. It’s important that the consumer is getting the actual facts and completely accurate information, especially in regard to costs,” says McNaughton. “The peace of mind of having a fire sprinkler system outweighs the costs of the installation,” adds McNaughton. “The installation cost is not significant when factored into a mortgage, and the system results in reduced insurance premiums as well.” As with any component of a home build, it’s important to hire the right contractor who knows the ins and outs of the job. In the case of a home fire sprinkler system, it’s important to hire a certified fire sprinkler contractor who has experience with NFPA 13D, which is the national standard for home fire sprinkler installations. That’s why McNaughton chose Shaun Maher of Dynamic Fire Protection. Maher has worked on various commercial and residential fire sprinkler protection projects with McNaughton for over 10 years. Maher worked with the Western Springs Fire Department and Village code officials to ensure the system in McNaughton’s home was compliant with local codes and follows national standards. According to Western Springs Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mayor, the home will be a model of fire safety within the community. “The construction of the home is on schedule, and we’re looking forward to starting the New Year in our new fire-safe home,” stated McNaughton at an October open house, which showcased the home’s installed fire sprinkler system. [caption id="attachment_3541" align="alignright" width="346"] NIFSAB’s fire sprinkler trailer demonstration at the McNaughton house.[/caption] At the open house, the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted a fire sprinkler trailer demonstration for the McNaughton family and local fire and police officials, as well as Western Springs Trustee James Horvath. NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia recognized the family with a certificate and information that explains their fire sprinkler system and how it works. “Thanks to the fire sprinkler system, the house will be protected from fire for generations to come,” says Tom Lia.  ]]>

2013-12-17T18:53:09-06:00December 17th, 2013|1 Comment

HFSC and Local Organizations Donate Fire Sprinklers to Paralyzed Homeowner

[/caption] As part of a State Farm-funded grant program, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) donated a residential fire sprinkler system to the residents of a home in the Brookmeadow Estates subdivision in Frankfort, Illinois. Owner of the home and former Wisconsin pipefitter by trade, Dan Turner, is paralyzed from the chest down and wheelchair-bound due to an automobile accident six years ago. His father-in-law, John Raiger, sought assistance through the HFSC project because he believes that the home fire sprinkler system is an important lifesaving device. Raiger, a fire alarm installer with Electronic Systems of Illinois, has attended fire sprinkler demonstrations at local fire department events and cites the effectiveness of the demonstrations as his reason for researching fire sprinklers for his son-in-law and daughter’s home. [caption id="attachment_1451" align="alignright" width="242" caption="An open house was held for the first accessible fire sprinklered home in Frankfort and the fourth sprinklered home in the village overall."][/caption] “Given Dan’s immobility, my daughter needs to help him get out of the house, and make sure that their young children make it out okay,” says Raiger. “It gives me peace of mind knowing that they are protected by fire sprinklers and will be given the extra time they need to escape in the case of a fire.” Although fire sprinklers were not part of the original plans, the homebuilder, Quantum Building & Design, was fully on board with the project. According to Shaun Maher of Dynamic Fire Protection, which donated the installation of the system, the fire sprinklers are installed according to NFPA 13D, which is the national standard for one- and two-family homes. Additionally, John Raiger will be connecting the sprinklers to the home’s security system. Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating donated the sprinkler system design plan, Chicago Backflow donated the backflow preventer, and BlazeMaster, a division of the Lubrizol Corporation, donated the fire sprinkler materials. The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) coordinated the project. “Quantum designed the custom home with many ADA-compliant products that meet Dan Turner’s needs, but without the home appearing too institutional. The fire sprinklers fit well into the accessible designs and will provide additional levels of security,” says Tom Lia, executive director for NIFSAB. According to Larry Rauch, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal for the Frankfort Fire Protection District, the home is the first accessible home in the fire district to have fire sprinklers and the fourth sprinklered home overall. [caption id="attachment_1455" align="alignleft" width="272" caption="Tom Lia, executive director of NIFSAB, discusses the home's incoming water supply and riser for the fire sprinkler system with an alderman from Palos Heights."][/caption] Tours of the home were available during an open house for the public that was held on August 17. Among the many in attendance were Village of Frankfort officials, Frankfort Fire Protection District firefighters, aldermen from Palos Heights, representatives from the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, and Illinois State Representative for the 70th district Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley). A presentation was held to recognize those organizations that helped make the fire sprinkler system installation a success. Both NIFSAB and HFSC provided educational materials and information about home fire sprinkler systems. NIFSAB also performed numerous fire sprinkler demonstrations in a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer, showing the vital role that home fire sprinkler technology plays in saving lives and reducing property damage — in comparison with the deadly speed and destruction of fires. [caption id="attachment_1462" align="alignright" width="272" caption="The benefits of home fire sprinklers were on display as demonstrations were held throughout the day in a fire sprinkler trailer."][/caption] The Frankfort home is the first of 15 newly built homes that will be installed with fire sprinkler systems. It is part of HFSC’s national project to facilitate sprinkler system installations in new houses built by nonprofit groups working to benefit individuals and families in need of homes, such as “Habitat for Humanity” and “Home for Our Troops.” The project is made possible through a generous grant from State Farm, the largest property and casualty insurer in the United States. “Fire sprinklers are highly effective for all residents but the unique technology is especially powerful for populations that are most vulnerable, including people living in poverty and individuals with physical limitations that can slow their ability to escape a fire,” says HFSC Chair Gary Keith. “Fire sprinkler technology has no equal, and that is why approximately 75 communities in Illinois have created ordinances requiring home fire sprinklers.”   [caption id="attachment_1495" align="alignright" width="532" caption="This ad was run by NIFSAB in the September 8th edition of the "Frankfort Station" newspaper in appreciation of Quantum Building & Design."][/caption]]]>

2011-10-07T13:54:43-06:00October 7th, 2011|0 Comments

Donated Standpipes Added to Frankfort Training Towers

[/caption] Thanks to Dynamic Fire Protection and Ferguson Fire and Fabrication, two training towers at the Frankfort Fire Protection District Training Center are now equipped with standpipes. The training center located at 24420 S. LaGrange Road, is used for various levels of training by the Frankfort Fire Protection District, their cadet program and as an area-wide training facility. One standpipe was installed in a three-story tower, the other in a four-story tower. According to Frankfort Assistant Chief Larry Rauch, various fire scenarios can be set up for training including flashover. The standpipe allows trainees to experience hooking up hoses to the standpipe. Shaun Maher, Dynamic Fire Protection said he was glad to help when he was contacted with the request to donate the material and installation. He said it was important for firefighters to learn the proper way to use the equipment in various fire situations. This project is the most recent fire sprinkler standpipe system installed and donated by a Local #281 signatory contractor.  Other donated systems include:  Midlothian Fire Department, Chicago Fire Department, Alsip Fire Department, Villa Park Fire Department, Countryside Fire Protection District, Orland Fire Academy,  Glen Ellyn Fire Department and Buffalo Grove Fire Department. [caption id="attachment_1342" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="Left to right: Tom Lia, NIFSAB; Ryan Kell, Ferguson Fire & Fabrication; Shaun Maher, Dynamic Fire Protection and Assistant Chief Larry Rauch of the Frankfort Fire Department."][/caption]]]>

2011-07-19T16:49:26-06:00July 19th, 2011|0 Comments