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Live fire demonstrations teach safety tips

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Fires were ablaze Saturday morning at a Cedar Rapids parking lot... but the Hiawatha Fire Department set them on purpose to teach safety tips.

The live demonstrations showed how fire sprinkler systems can work inside the home. Volunteer firefighter and paramedic Rob Archibald said he expects to see the commercial systems in homes a lot more in the coming years.

"85% of all fire deaths occur in the home so it's very important that you have smoke detectors as well as in the future, possibly have fire sprinklers," Archibald said.

He received a grant from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition for his project and partnered with Kennedy High School. Students built two imitation rooms - one with a fire sprinkler system. Crews then set each room on fire to show how the system can prevent damage.

Archibald said fire sprinklers in addition to smoke detectors in the home can significantly improve safety. He advised to at least have smoke detectors, as they can increase one's fire survival rate by 50 percent.

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