The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition recently honored the McKinney Fire Department (MFD) during their annual Texas Fire Marshal Conference in Austin, Texas for promoting fire sprinkler activations via the media. MFD was recognized for receiving the highest number of sprinkler activations published through media. They accounted for 17 of 149 reported in Texas for 2017.
The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in homes. The coalition is a resource for information on home fire sprinklers and through a cooperative effort with stakeholders’ works to identify and overcome barriers to the recognition of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety.
In 2016, there were 1,342,000 fires reported in the U.S. that caused:
- 3,390 civilian deaths
- 14,650 civilian injuries
- $10.6 billion in property damage
In 2016, fire departments responded to fire every 24 seconds. Of the fires reported:
- One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 90 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
- One outside and other fire was reported every 48 seconds.
- One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 2 seconds.
“The promotion and awareness of fire sprinkler saves in our community by the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO), speaks highly on how essential fire sprinklers are in our commercial and multi-structural buildings. FMO, will certainly continue to keep our residents informed,” said Fire Chief Danny Kistner.
Photo left to right: Elizabeth Agan, Public Information Coordinator; Michael Smith, Fire Marshal
For more information on fire and life safety issues, visit The McKinney Fire Department website or The National Fire Protection website.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.