A Call To Action
Your Efforts Bring a Voice to Burn Survivors Everywhere
As a burn survivor or family member of a survivor, your personal story is critical to connecting real people and real lives to legislative issues.
We are often asked to add the survivor voice to importand issues at a city, state, and national level. If you are willing to be contacted to add your voice to important issues, contact us.
"I have been active with Phoenix Society since The Station Fire [Rhode Island]. I assist Phoenix Society as an advocate for sprinklers. A survivor's voice means a lot more than a politician’s voice. I just keep telling other survivors how they can help by using their own voice."
-Rob Feeney, Station Fire survivor, Phoenix Advocate
Wisconsin Burn Survivors - We Need Your Help! (2/8/17)
After nearly 200 fire services members, including burn survivors, stood up at public hearings to say NO to Wisconsin’s plan to reduce fire safety and electrical code requirements in new construction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is today shining a very bright light on the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) efforts to roll back the required use of electrical fire prevention and electrocution safety devices (AFCI/GFCIs), along with sprinkler systems in Wisconsin. Please read the story here and leave your comments. That will help!
We need your help now to make this issue a top priority with Governor Walker and legislators statewide. Please do the following two things as soon as possible:
- Call Governor Walker’s office at 608-266-1212.
- Tell him and his staff to “fully expand Wisconsin’s electrical code to the 2017 National Electrical Code requirements – including expanding Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) use throughout new home and building construction. Governor Walker also needs to keep the sprinkler system requirement in the code for multi-family dwellings under 20 units. Despite pressure from special interests in 2012, the Governor kept these devices and others in the code making public safety, not special interests, his top priority. We need him to do that again. We cannot allow our state to turn back the clock on fire prevention and safety. The lives of WI residents and firefighters will be put at risk!”
- Email Your Local Legislators
- Identify your local legislators (Representatives and Senators) using this site http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
- Next, copy their emails and paste into a personal email that you will be sent from you directly.
- The subject line can say: Urgent – Protect WI from Electrical Fires and Electrocution – Expand state electrical code.
- The text of your email should identify where you live and indicate something to the effect that “you are my local legislator and I am writing to strongly urge you to contact Governor Walker and tell him to stop his Dept. of Safety and Professional Services efforts to severely rollback WI’s electrical fire safety code requirements - including expanding Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter use throughout new home and building construction. Also, please join me in telling the Governor to keep the sprinkler system requirement in the code for multi-family dwellings under 20 units. We cannot allow our state to fall up to 9 years behind the 2017 National Electrical Code requirements. Wisconsin lives will be put at greater risk of burn injuries and/or death if we allow this bad idea to proceed.
If there is any question about the importance of this issue, please review these media stories:
Eau Claire Leader Telegram: http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Front-Page/2017/02/01/Fire-chiefs-oppose-easing-of-rules.html
WGBA NBC 26 Green Bay: http://www.nbc26.com/news/firefighters-say-state-proposal-is-dangerous-for-public
WMTV NBC 15 Madison: http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Firefighters--412607053.html
If these proposals make it to the legislature, I also respectfully ask that you vote NO to this idea that will put Wisconsin lives and those of firefighters at risk. Our state needs to make public safety a top priority.”
If you do this, it will make a difference. Reaching out to your local media – newspapers, TV and radio stations, would also be helpful to spread the message that Wisconsin needs to say NO to an effort to make home and dwelling construction less safe. AFCIs detect dangerous arcing and stop electrical fires before they start. GFCIs are found in wet areas of the home and prevent residents from being electrocuted. Sprinkler systems are another proven method to stop the spread of fires. Wisconsin residents, burn survivors and firefighters need these protections in place and expanded per the national codes. Please, do what you can to help us make a difference and to put our state on course to meet the 2017 NEC standards.
Please make the call and send your email today!
Amy Acton, RN, BSN