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Nozzlehead in their yard tied to a big water main in the street, there is now a 300-gallon water tank in their basement
in their fully sprinklered home. Would I have rather
had it tied in? Yep. But we decided to become our
own authority and do good regardless of the obstacles.
We now have two more homes to cover with retro
systems—my youngest daughter’s family home and
my home. The good news is we are going to do it;
the bad news is that we are still under the evil water
authority so we won’t be doing it with them.
We have found an interesting system called Plu-mis that was invented in the United Kingdom. It
has a relatively affordable product that allows us to
use the domestic water lines, and it feeds a unique
residential fire protection system. We are in the
process of specing systems for both homes.
The versatility of the systems allows us to protect
specific areas or the whole home. There is even a
portable system that you can place in your aging
grandparents’ home. I have no business interest in
that or any other fire sprinkler company; Teri and
I simply wanted to do good, and we searched for a
long time for a solution.
Thankfully, the fire chiefs and politicians in Maryland took care of the first home and my son’s family.
Absent of residential fire sprinkler laws in Ohio,
Keith and his internal tank system idea took care of
my oldest daughter and her family, and now the two
other homes will be taken care of because of some
outside the box, unique, and progressive thinking.
This all started because we wanted to do good.
I also got tired of being embarrassed when people
would ask if my home was sprinklered after I urged
them to get theirs built sprinkled. While I built our
home in 1995, the builders made it real clear that
they had no experience with that and wouldn’t consider offering it. “Sprinklers? Oh, you mean for the
lawn? Yes. The house? Why would you want to do
that?” So, I blew the idea off. I didn’t try hard enough
to do good back then. And now, 22 years later, we
are finally taking care of it. Following that, we will be
back at the “authority” working to change their level
of knowledge with whatever help we can get.
No one knows the nightmare that fire causes more
than us. We have seen it and we know how it can
horrifically alter lives. I’m not sure there is anything
better we can do than to do good for those whose
pictures are in our wallets.
When we are out there pushing local communities to have residential sprinklers as a requirement,
one of the best places for us to start as an example
would be our own homes. We need to genuinely be
the authority, professionally and personally.
Wait ... What’s that song? ... shhh ... listen ... I fight
authority, authority always wins. I been doing it since I
was a young kid, and now I’ve come out grinnin’ ... as
we became authority, and authority always wins.
Whoa. That song. It sounds strangely familiar.