Prince George's County: A 15-Year History Report

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Oct 8, 2009

Prince George's County has issued a new study, "Benefits of Residential Fire Sprinklers: Prince George’s County 15-Year History with its Single-Family Residential Dwelling Fire SprinklerOrdinance."


William Barnard http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0120a5ea01d7970b-piPartnering with the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), they held a news conference during a live fire and sprinkler burn demonstration. Partners for the event were Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The demonstration was conducted at the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute.

The study, produced in cooperation with the University of Maryland, analyses the experience with the fire sprinkler ordinance over the 15-year period of 1992-2007. The study concluded that the ordinance had a significant impact on life-safety and reduction of property damage. According to the press release, "during the 15-year period, there were 13,494 house fires with 101 deaths and 328 injuries in homes that were not protected with fire sprinklers. There were no deaths in the homes protected with home fire sprinklers. The average property loss after a fire with fatalities in an unsprinklered residence was 10 times more costly than a fire in homes protected with a fire sprinkler system."

It is not surprising that the results of this study contains similarities to the Scottsdale study despite their geographic and demographic differences. We now have one more tool to use to combat opponent's arguments.

Maria Figueroa