Summit on home sprinklers planned for Langley

Presented by B.C. fire chiefs, the aim is more sprinklers in residential homes.

A summit in Langley for builders, developers, and local officials will focus on the importance of sprinkler systems on saving lives.

“Your home is the single largest investment of your life. Having a fire sprinkler system inside the home you live in provides enhanced safety for you and your family, every day,” said Township of Langley Assistant Fire Chief Pat Walker, who hopes that fire sprinklers will eventually become standard in all homes. “Much like with vehicle safety, I can’t think of a new car that is manufactured today that does not have seat belts and air bags to protect you during a collision.”

Local firefighters will be on hand during the Home and Family Sprinkler Summit at the Langley Events Centre, running from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 22.

The event, presented by the Fire Chief’s Association of B.C., is aimed at promoting the use of home sprinklers and dispelling myths about them.

The conference is tailored for those who work in construction, development, community planning, architecture, design, real estate, or insurance, and for elected officials. Walker noted the event will also be of interest to members of the public who want to learn more about residential sprinkler systems, such as those renovating their homes and residents with restricted movement or mobility issues.

“It is extremely helpful to realize the advantage of having a sprinkler system in your home,” Walker said. “The safety of your family, the safety of your home is enhanced significantly.”

Summit participants will have the chance to meet industry leaders who have spearheaded change in their communities, and to learn about innovative approaches to home fire sprinkling. A side-by-side outdoor burning demonstration will show the effectiveness of home sprinklers.

Guest speakers will include burn survivor and sprinkler advocate Pam Elliott, former Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association CEO turned firefighter Peter Simpson, and Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis.

Shayne Mintz, Canadian regional director for the National Fire Protection Association, and Maya Milardovic, director of government relations at the Co-Operators Group, will discuss the scope and standards of sprinklering private residences. Bruce Schultz, codes officer with the City of Calgary, will share his residential sprinkler experiences and Fire and Life Safety consultant Sean Pearce will talk about the Livingston in Calgary, North America’s first fully sprinklered community. As well, recently retired Sechelt Fire Chief Bill Higgs will discuss municipal and First Nations successes.

The cost is $75, which includes lunch. For tickets and more information, visit bit.ly/bcsprinklersummit.

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