A High-Rise with Fire Sprinklers
Is the Only Place to Live
If you are looking at a high-rise apartment or condo in Chicago, take a close look. Make sure it is protected by a fire sprinkler system.
Fire sprinklers are the single most effective way to protect you and your family in a fire. They are each individually activated by heat from a fire, preventing flames and toxic smoke from spreading. Learn how they work.
And fire sprinklers are easier to install than you might think. Your building already has the infrastructure in place. Learn how they can be easily retrofitted to your building.
Residents of high-rises without fire sprinklers are much more likely to die in a fire, and those fortunate enough to escape could still face injury and significant property losses. The NFPA reported that from 2007-2011, high-rise fires caused nearly $219 million in property damage each year.
The Chicago Life Safety Code
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of high-rise buildings in Chicago that are NOT protected with fire sprinklers. Imagine being in a high-rise that catches fire, but doesn’t have fire sprinklers to automatically put it out. Would firefighters be able to reach the upper floors? Would you be able to survive? Learn more about Chicago's Life Safety Code.
When you are ready to make a move, take a close look and choose the high-rise that makes sense — one protected by a fire sprinkler system. Find out if the building you're considering is up to code.
Articles & Videos
- Video: ABC7 Chicago Investigates Fire in Unsprinklered John Hancock Center (03/01/16)
- Sprinklers Help Extinguish Small Fire at Trump Tower (Loop North News, Feb. 26. 2016)
- Fire Occurs in Unprotected Chicago High-Rise (3130 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Site of Fatal Fire in 2012 (NIFSAB)
- Condo Residents Disappointed with Building Communication During Fire in Chicago's Marina City High-Rise (Loop North News, 02/26/15)
- Article: High-Rise Buildings: What Should We Do About Them? (Fire Protection Engineering, July 1, 2006)
High-Rise Fire Facts & Research
- A Call for Fire Sprinklers in Chicago’s Existing Residential High-Rises (Mike McGreal, Firedyne Engineering)
- James Lee Witt Report Finding #70
- Chicago High-Rise Historical Timeline Facts
- International Association of Fire Chiefs: Resolution on High-Rise Retrofits
Proposed Federal Legislation Benefiting Sprinkler Retrofits