A kitchen fire in an apartment in Parker, CO, was extinguished by a fire sprinkler system, saving the life of the occupant who had slept through the smoke alarm.
As reported by http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0168e749c08c970c-pihttp://www.southmetro.org/South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, firefighters responded to the Stone Canyon apartments at 6:26 a.m. on February 10th, to find that a single fire sprinkler had activated in the kitchen. The fire was completely out when they arrived, and the occupant and a cat were rescued from the smoky apartment. The victim was transported non-emergent to the hospital for evaluation. South Metro Fire Rescue Authority spokesperson Andy Lyon stated: “Given that the resident slept through the smoke alarm, the sprinkler made a life or death difference in this fire.”
Smoke alarms are effective in providing early warning and they need to be maintained in all homes. The smoke alarm sounded as it should when this fire started. However, other factors may affect a person’s ability to escape. Fire poses a higher risk of death to young children, older adults and people wih disabilities.
- Smoke alarms decrease the risk of fire death by 50%
- Fire sprinklers reduce the risk of dying by about 80%.
Fire sprinklers will control or extinguish the fire; providing occupants with additional time to escape, or to be rescued by firefighters, before the fire becomes deadly.
Fire Sprinklers Save Lives!