Left to right: Western Springs Fire Captain Kurt Schlueter, homeowner Bill McNaughton, Dynamic Fire Protection’s Shaun Maher, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mayor, Lieutenant Chuck Lichtenauer, Western Springs Trustee James Horvath, and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia[/caption] When custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton chose to build his family’s new 3,800+-square-foot custom home in Western Springs, it was a “no-brainer” for him to install a fire sprinkler system for peace of mind and the life-safety benefits it provides in case of a fire. He wanted to be sure that his wife, Jennifer, and their 19-month-old son, William, are protected from fire when he is not home with them. McNaughton and his brother, Matthew, co-own Burr-Ridge-based McNaughton Brothers Construction, LLC. Together they have built, remodeled, and managed various residential and commercial buildings since 2002. McNaughton credits the decision to voluntarily install fire sprinklers in his own home to having seen the effects of fires with and without fire sprinkler protection in commercial buildings. [caption id="attachment_3535" align="alignright" width="277"] The McNaughton Family[/caption] Over the years, McNaughton gained experience specifically with residential fire sprinkler protection by building custom homes in neighboring Clarendon Hills, a community that has required fire sprinklers in all new home construction since August 2000. While some homebuilders believe that fire sprinklers amount to extra costs, McNaughton instead believes they are a unique selling advantage for homebuilders and offers them as an option to his custom home clients — even in communities where they are not required by code or ordinance. “Consumers need to be educated about home fire sprinklers, but so do homebuilders and those that sell homes to the consumer. It’s important that the consumer is getting the actual facts and completely accurate information, especially in regard to costs,” says McNaughton. “The peace of mind of having a fire sprinkler system outweighs the costs of the installation,” adds McNaughton. “The installation cost is not significant when factored into a mortgage, and the system results in reduced insurance premiums as well.” As with any component of a home build, it’s important to hire the right contractor who knows the ins and outs of the job. In the case of a home fire sprinkler system, it’s important to hire a certified fire sprinkler contractor who has experience with NFPA 13D, which is the national standard for home fire sprinkler installations. That’s why McNaughton chose Shaun Maher of Dynamic Fire Protection. Maher has worked on various commercial and residential fire sprinkler protection projects with McNaughton for over 10 years. Maher worked with the Western Springs Fire Department and Village code officials to ensure the system in McNaughton’s home was compliant with local codes and follows national standards. According to Western Springs Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mayor, the home will be a model of fire safety within the community. “The construction of the home is on schedule, and we’re looking forward to starting the New Year in our new fire-safe home,” stated McNaughton at an October open house, which showcased the home’s installed fire sprinkler system. [caption id="attachment_3541" align="alignright" width="346"] NIFSAB’s fire sprinkler trailer demonstration at the McNaughton house.[/caption] At the open house, the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted a fire sprinkler trailer demonstration for the McNaughton family and local fire and police officials, as well as Western Springs Trustee James Horvath. NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia recognized the family with a certificate and information that explains their fire sprinkler system and how it works. “Thanks to the fire sprinkler system, the house will be protected from fire for generations to come,” says Tom Lia.  ]]>