One of the most special projects General Air Products has been involved in recently has been working alongside the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Viking, and Amteck on outfitting the Refuge for Women Kentucky house with the proper fire sprinkler system in order for the organization to open its doors to women in need. Refuge for Women, a non-profit that started in 2009, provides housing and long-term care to women escaping human trafficking. Their house in Kentucky, and other houses throughout the country, is a safe haven and a world of new opportunities for women looking to start over.
When the group began renovations on a new house in Kentucky, they ran into several roadblocks after changing the occupancy from a single family home to a group home, including additional fire safety requirements. Many of the requirements would be so expensive, they were told it might make more sense to just bulldoze the house and build a new one. The other option was to install a fire sprinkler system. And so, the NFSA put out the call for donations to make the Refuge for Women house possible. General Air Products was happy to answer that call.
Thanks to the local AHJ approving a 13D pump and tank system for the single home conversion, we were able to donate one of our H2hOme® units, which helped solve one major problem when it came to the fire sprinkler system: provide fire protection regardless of the house’s (which is located in a rural area) low water pressure. The H2hOme® paired with the pipe, fittings, and sprinkler heads donated by Viking, ensured the house had the proper fire protection to meet requirements and get one step closer to opening its doors to women in need in the community. It was an honor to be a part of this project.
To learn more about Refuge for Women Kentucky or help support their mission, please visit their website here.
For more information on this project, watch the NFSA's video below: