Live burning demonstrations to show how to “Fire Won’t Wait”. Plan your escape’

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board partners with local Chicago-area fire departments to host live burn-in demonstrations at their open houses. Burning demonstrations will educate the public about how quickly fires can become deadly, as well as the significant benefits of fire sprinklers in saving lives and property. The events are centered around National Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 9-15. This year’s theme is: “Fire will not wait. Plan your escape.

Demos provide a side-by-side comparison with two similarly furnished rooms; one room has a single fire sprinkler installed, while the other does not. Both have smoke detectors. Participants will be able to feel the extreme heat and see the rapid growth of fire in the unsprinklered room and compare it with the rapid response and cooling action of the fire sprinkler in the other room. Demonstrations also allow fire departments to talk to attendees about typical fire department response times, the importance of operating smoke alarms for early warning, and well-rehearsed evacuation plans.

“A home fire can become fatal in as little as two to three minutes because furniture and other contents in homes today are made from petroleum-based plastics and synthetic materials, which produce black smoke. toxic and burn hotter and faster than ever before,” said NIFSAB Executive Director Erik Hoffer. “With these live demonstrations, people can see how quickly everything in the room can ignite. They can also see how the heat from the fire activates the sprinkler, preventing the fire from becoming fatal, so people have time to escape.”

More than 110 Illinois communities need fire sprinklers in new construction homes – and many more need them in new multi-family and commercial buildings. Fire sprinklers not only protect occupants and property, they also protect the lives of first responders who arrive on the scene. Below is a list of upcoming fire and sprinkler burning demonstrations. Contact NIFSAB or fire departments for details.

Saturday September 24:

• Lake Villa Fire Protection District

• Plainfield Fire Protection District

• Pleasantview Fire Protection District

Saturday October 1:

• Aurora Regional Fire Museum

• Berwyn Fire Department

• Clarendon Hills Fire Department

• Des Plaines Fire Department

• Fox River Grove Fire Protection District


• Hammond Fire Department (Indiana)

• La Grange Park Fire Department

• Palatine fire brigade

Sunday October 2:

• Norwood Park Fire Protection District

• Roberts Park Fire Protection District

Monday, October 3:

• Moraine Valley Community College

Wednesday, October 5:

• Warrenville Fire Protection District

Saturday October 8:

• Elk Grove Village Fire Department

• Hinsdale Fire Department

• Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District

• Rolling Meadows Fire Department

• Roselle Fire Department (Founders Day Festival)

• Wauconda Fire Protection District

Sunday, October 9:

• Countryside Fire Protection District

• McHenry Township Fire Protection District

Monday, October 10:

• Western Springs Fire Department

Tuesday, October 11:

• La Grange Fire Department

Wednesday October 12:

• Westchester Fire Department

Saturday October 15:

• Beecher Fire Protection District

• Hillside Fire Department

• Itasca Fire Protection District

• Lansing Fire Department

• Northbrook Fire Department

• Romeoville Fire Department

• Saint-Charles Fire Department

• Streamwood Fire Department

Wednesday, October 19:

• Harper College

Saturday October 22:

• Bloomingdale’s Fire Protection District

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and government decision makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinkler systems. fire to save both lives and property. For information, visit

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