WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Common Voices is working to promote and share information to promote fire sprinklers during National Fire Prevention Week, which begins today. The Advocates’ Coalition is kicking off in Washington, D.C., and will also have demonstrations in Chicago, Arlington, Virginia and New York City before the week is done.

Advocate Sher Grogg will be featured and will share fire safety tips that can prevent fires before they start. Grogg lost her brother, sister-in-law, and their four grandchildren in an Annapolis, Maryland fire in January of 2015.

“The tragic fire that claimed six members of my family was started by their Christmas tree. Don died trying to save his loved ones. There are simple steps that everyone should know to keep their family safe,” said Sher Grogg. “We also know that if the house had fire sprinklers, the outcome would have been much different. Fire sprinklers buy time, and time buys life.”

Grogg has educated herself regarding fire, flashover, and the resulting destruction. She became an advocate for fire safety and fire sprinklers in the two years and nine months since her family tragedy. She credits finding Common Voices as a key part of her recovery process, even though nothing will ever be able to bring her family members back. Helping to educate others in their memory eases the pain.

“As fire chiefs, we know one of the most effective ways to minimize the loss of life and property is to have working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers,” adds Shane Ray, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association. “Fire is fast, but fire sprinklers are faster and control the fire until firefighters arrive.”

For details and fire safety information, including all of our advocates’ stories, visit www.fireadvocates.org

For more fire sprinkler information, visit www.homefiresprinkler.org and www.firesprinklerinitiative.org

About Common Voices: Common Voices (www.fireadvocates.org) is an advocates’ coalition of members who all have been directly affected by fire. By bringing their voices together, they hope to educate others regarding fire and its devastating impact. Their mission is to create a fire-safe America by sharing their stories, creating resources that educate and sharing fire statistics.
CONTACT:  Vickie Pritchett