Fire Smarts Presents California Residential Fire Sprinkler Seminar at PHCC West Convention

Fire Smarts seminar presentation at the PHCC West Convention in Napa Valley, CA on May 13, 2010 will educate plumbing contractors on the recent adoption of residential fire sprinkler requirements in California.

Stephen Leyton

A live seminar has been prepared by Fire Smarts, LLC on behalf of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) to educate plumbing contractors on the recent adoption of the 2010 California Residential Code which includes the 2009 International Residential Code with fire sprinkler requirements. This seminar is part of the educational training being offered at the 2010 PHCC West Convention in Napa Valley, CA.

The “California Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements” live seminar will be presented by fire protection industry expert, Stephen Leyton, on May 13, 2010 at 10:45am PST. Mr. Leyton served as Chair of the installation committee for the California State Fire Marshal’s Residential Sprinkler Code Adoption Task Group and Co-Chair of the ICC Ad-Hoc Committee on Residential Fire Sprinklers. Mr. Leyton will educate participants on the residential fire sprinkler code changes in California and provide an understanding of the process that led to these changes. Participants will also hear from Uponor and Lubrizol representatives about the piping material options being used for one- and two-family residential dwellings.

“With the recent addition of residential fire sprinkler requirements into the International Residential Code, there is no question that these systems will become a standard component in new home construction across the country,” said Ryan J. Smith, President of Fire Smarts, LLC. “There is a need and an incredible opportunity for plumbing contractors to assist in providing these services.”

The “Residential Fire Sprinklers Market Growth and Labor Demand Analysis” published by Fire Smarts, LLC in September 2008, projects that over 7000 additional positions for sprinkler installation will be needed as residential fire sprinkler requirements are adopted and widely enforced across the country over the next decade. An adequate amount of skilled labor is essential to ensuring that residential sprinkler systems can be properly and cost-effectively installed. A growing number of industry experts agree that plumbing contractors play a critical role in the successful implementation of residential fire sprinkler code requirements.

“There is a lot of interest by PHCC members in this new market,” said Skip Pfeffer, PHCC’s National President. “We cannot afford to lose this market—especially in the current economy. I encourage all PHCC members and potential members to participate.”

Convention registration is open to all interested parties. For more information and to register for the 2010 PHCC West Convention visit http://www.caphcc.org/phcc-west-convention . This seminar is another residential fire sprinkler educational and training opportunity that is being offered by the PHCC in partnership with Fire Smarts.

About PHCC: The PHCC – National Association is the oldest trade association in the construction industry and the premiere organization for the plumbing, heating and cooling professional. Since 1883, PHCC has been the leader in promotion, advancement, education and training. Today PHCC has more than 4100 contractor members from open and union shops, who work in the residential, commercial, new construction, industrial and service and repair industry segments.

About Fire Smarts, LLC: Fire Smarts, LLC is a leading provider of fire protection educational and training resources. The company operates the home fire protection resource website, Residential Fire Sprinklers .com ( http://www.ResidentialFireSprinklers.com ), frequently publishes articles and reports on the latest industry developments and utilizes its team of Fire Smarts Faculty members to create custom training solutions for contractors, fire and building officials, and business organizations based on NFPA standards.

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