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CFD recognized by sprinkler coalition

COVINGTON - The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has honored the Covington Fire Department with the designation of a "Built for Life Department," recognizing its efforts to educate citizens on the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.

More than 80 percent of all U.S. fire deaths occur in homes, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths each year, according to a press release from the HFSC. Fire safety experts agree that increased installation of home fire sprinkler systems could dramatically reduce this statistic.

"The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition extends its congratulations and gratitude to Covington Fire Department for making this important life safety topic a local focus," HFSC Board Chairman Gary S. Keith said. "Working together, we can help more families stay safer from home fires."

The CFD received a "Built for life Fire Department" certificate and other recognition materials, as well as free educational materials to support local home fire sprinkler outreach.

"We are proud to receive this recognition for our efforts to go above and beyond traditional fire safety outreach," Chief Don Floyd said in the press release. "Fire sprinkler systems do more than any other fire protection technology can and they belong in the places where people are at greatest risk - the home. In addition to protecting the men, women and children who live in the home, fire sprinklers also protect firefighters."

HFSC urges residents who are building a new home or doing major remodeling work to talk with their builder about having a fire sprinkler system installed. Free information is available at HFSC's Web site at www.HomeFireSprinkler.org.