Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines weighs in on the need for residential fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on May 18, 2012

Gaines_Portrait_smAn article in Fire Engineering by Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines provides an intricate look at the reality of flashover times, fire service response, and ominous factors that make it unlikely for persons to survive a fire in a home without fire sprinklers.

Citing numerous factors contributing to fire death and the reality of new home contents he adds; “The increased combustibility of home furnishings and decorative finishes create a situation where the likelihood that firefighters will be able to rescue you is remote if you are asleep at the time of the fire.” Chief Gaines provides a realistic oulook and a statistically based scenario.


Chief Gaines points out that the solution to this problem is the requirement of fire sprinklers in all new home construction, adding; “If we take an objective view at the reasons for this lack of movement toward a safe and effective solution, it cannot be anything other than the almighty dollar and political influence.”

Read this insightful article by Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines

Maria Figueroa