Are Fire Sprinklers Green? - We'll soon know for sure

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 3, 2009

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is partnering with FM Global on a research project to evaluate the enviromental impact of home fires.

On October 1, 2009, FM Global will conduct full-scale fire tests to compare the environmental impact of sprinklered and non-sprinklered home fires. The tests will be conducted at FM Global's Research Campus in West Glocester, Rhode Island.

According to Gary Keith, of NFPA, and HFSC board chairperson; ""Sprinklers are proven to save lives and protect property. We know sprinklers also provide environmental benefits; benefits we will only be able to prove through scientific study."

I am confident that this environmental impact study will, once and for all, be able to validate what has already been established by empirical evidence; home sprinkler systems reduce the toxic products of combustion, and water usage by ten times the amount that flows through firefighter hoses.

Gary Keith states that "There's never been a better time to do a study like this because interest is at an all time high." It's definitely the right time. The results of the study will become one more weapon that home fire sprinkler proponents will be able to use in the battle for implementation of the requirements at the state and local level. After all; Who will be able to argue against a technology that will save lives AND preserve our planet?

The system will be designed and installed to NFPA 13D standards, and the tests will be conducted in a typical living room setting.

The tests will establish:

    • The types, quantity and duration of air and water pollutants released from a home fire as well as the water usage from fire sprinklers and firefighters' hoses.
    • The environmental impact resulting from burning household furnishings and finish materials as well as disposing the fire-damaged contents of a home.
    • The carbon footprint associated with rebuilding a burnt home.

The results of the study will be published in a report that will be available at not cost in the early part of 2010. Stay tuned...

Maria Figueroa