In this issue, we highlight a new report that analyzes Prince George’s County’s (Maryland) experience with its single-family dwelling fire sprinkler ordinance over 15 years.
Between 1992-2007 in Prince George's County, 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.
The study, released by the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), and produced in cooperation with the University of Maryland, is available as a free download.