Residential Sprinklers: Get the facts straight!

Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Home fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire.

They respond quickly and effectively to fire, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives.

Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.

Home fire sprinklers save lives and property. In many situations, a
family who has survived a fire will also have their “home” to live in and
enough of the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as
they did before.

The cost of a home fire sprinkler system in a new home averages
$1.61 per sprinklered square foot totaling an amount similar to what is spent
for carpet upgrades, paving stone driveway or a whirlpool bath. Source: Fire
Protection Research Foundation Study 2008.

A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance
premium.

Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a
fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire. Source: Fire Protection Research
Foundation Study 2010.

Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount
of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71%, and water usage to
fight a home fire by as much as 91%. Source: FM Global and Home Fire Sprinkler
Coalition Study 2010.

Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only
the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler.

A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your
home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would
prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control
valve is never turned off.

Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines
have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes
freezing.

(source: NFPA website)

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