One of the best defenses against anti-sprinkler legislation is sound research that can be used to convince lawmakers, whether through public outreach or legislative testimony, of the benefits of home fire sprinklers.
Case in point: Residential Fire Sprinklers — Water Usage and Water Meter Performance Study (PDF, 2 MB), a new report that concludes that a home fire sprinkler system uses, on average, only a small fraction of the water used by the fire service in a response to a fire at an unsprinklered home.
The study, commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), found that water conservation of a sprinkler system is significant: the amount of water used to fight fires in homes without sprinkler systems can be many times higher than the amount discharged solely by a sprinkler system. In addition, many of the residential water meters tested met criteria established by NFPA 13D, Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. The FPRF study found that projected water infrastructure demand could be reduced by 47 percent when homes in a community are protected by sprinklers.
Read more about this new study in an NFPA Journal feature article by Fred Durso, Jr.