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Fire sprinkler demonstration to be held May 1 at UW-Eau Claire

April 26, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The Eau Claire Fire Department and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host a fire sprinkler demonstration at 3:30 p.m. May 1 in the Towers Hall parking lot on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's upper campus.

The goal of the demonstration is to educate people on how fire sprinkler systems can quickly and effectively control a fire in its incipient stage, saving lives and property, event organizers said.

Firefighters will construct two side-by-side rooms fully furnished with similar furniture to create a typical room in a home or college residence hall. One room will have a smoke detector and one fire sprinkler installed in the ceiling of the room, while the other will have only a smoke detector.

The firefighters will start fires in each room. One fire will be controlled by the fire sprinkler and the other will be put out by the fire department once firefighters arrive on the scene.

Once the fires have been extinguished, the fire department representatives will show the amount of damage done to each room and share what the estimated cost to repair and rebuild each room would be. In addition, they will educate the audience on the benefits of having sprinklers installed in homes, schools and workplaces.

The event is to the public.

A rain date is set for 3:30 p.m. May 2.

The event is funded by a $1,000 stipend from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

For more information, contact Michael Laska, Eau Claire fire inspector, at 715-839-5014 or or Gary A. Puljas, Eau Claire fire inspector, at 715-829-4304 or



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