The difference a fire sprinkler makes…

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Aug 4, 2010

Two fires within two weeks of each other in Cheatham County, TN were controlled by fire sprinklers, saving lives and protecting property. Vickie Pritchett, NFSA Associate Director of Public Fire Protection, who provided the information for this post, opines that "fire sprinklers, plus quick action by staff and fire department equals lives saved."

The first fire ocurred at Hillcrest Nursing Home on July 12, 2010. Fire broke out at 1:07 a.m. in a room with two patients. According to Vickie, eighty-two residents were in the nursing home, sleeping soundly. Eighteen of those residents reside on the same wing as the room where the fire started. One sprinkler head activated and extinguished the fire.


!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef013485fb54d7970c-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef013485fb54d7970c-800wi|alt=Nursing Home sprinkler head|title=Nursing Home sprinkler head|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef013485fb54d7970c image-full !<span style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><font face="Calibri">Photo courtesy of Vickie Pritchett<o:p></o:p></font></span></p>

<p>The second, and most recent fire, ocurred on July 29th, 2010 in a 9,800 sq. ft. single family home. Coincidentally, Chief Shane Ray from Pleasantiview Fire Department, TN, Vickie, and I were participating at a seminar in St. Louis, MO,&#0160;making a presentation&#0160;on the benefits of&#0160;home fire sprinklers, as the incident unfolded. </p>

<p>The home is&#0160;newly built&#0160;and the family that occupies it moved in the last week of May, 2010. The fire started in the basement, due to a toolbox being placed on the stove (button accidentally turned on). The home occupant was outside when he heard the audible alarm and went inside to investigate. One sprinkler had activated and put the fire out. The fire department is dispatched only to replace the sprinkler head and place the fire protection system back into service.</p>

<p>!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef013485fb572f970c-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef013485fb572f970c-800wi|alt=9800home|title=9800home|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef013485fb572f970c image-full !It is crucial that sprinkler saves continue to be documented and covered by the media to increase public awareness on the life saving and property protection benefits home fire sprinklers provide. Click here to view the story online.

These two examples should leave no doubt about "the difference a fire sprinkler makes..."

[Maria Figueroa | mailto:mfigueroa@nfpa.org]