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SprinklerICMANFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division published a report last October, Sprinkler Successes in Selected Properties, to document successful fire sprinkler activations. The incidents are divided by occupancy group – including one- and two-family homes- showing how sprinklers operate in real fires.

The report contains a collection of previously published incidents, compiled from NFPA’s studies of large-loss fires and the “Firewatch” column from NFPA Journal. It shows that “sprinklers are highly effective, reliable weapons in the fight to save lives and property from fire.”

Read the Sprinkler Successes in Selected Properties report

For additional studies about home fire sprinklers visit the Research/Reports section  

Concealed-sprinklerA cooking fire that spread to kitchen cabinets was quickly extinguished by one sprinkler located at the ceiling, near the center of the kitchen. The fire department arrived and removed a small amount of water from the kitchen floor. Lieutenant Donald Iacobazzi of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company said; “fire and smoke damage was kept to a minimum because of the sprinkler system working so quickly.”

Lieutenant Iacobazzi also said that “the homeowner first attempted to use a dry chemical extinguisher (stored under the sink) but he pulled the trigger and it would not work,” . A portable fire extinguisher can put out, or contain, a small fire until the fire department arrives, but it has limitations. Users need to know how to operate the extinguisher and make sure that it is kept in good working order. NFPA recommends that “because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.”Fireextinguisher

The main purpose of home fire sprinklers is to protect people in the event of fire; and they also protect property as evidenced by this activation.

FSI newsletter 0912California is one of two states to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Early on in the process, the Office of the State Fire Marshal brought together stakeholders in order to ease the implementation of the requirement. A task force was created comprising members of the fire service, building and public health officials, water purveyors, as well as state and national organizations. The September issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter offers up the comprehensive report issued by the task force that includes valuable recommendations that other states and municipalities can take to heart.

We also feature video of a Massachusets family whose new home includes sprinklers, which offer them peace of mind because twin sons live with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and would have difficulty escaping a fire.

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!|src=|alt=Handsprinkler|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Handsprinkler|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31e85e44970b!Tri-Town News reports that a kitchen grease fire was extinguished by a single fire sprinkler, averting a “more significant and damaging fire.” The fire occurred in the early afternoon of Aug. 29 at the Windsor Crescent Apartments in Jackson, N.J.


[NFPA statistics  |]reveal that cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries, and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. During 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 155,400 residential structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 390 civilian deaths, 4,800 civilian injuries, and $771 million in direct property damage.

This fire caused minimal damage to the area of origin. Building maintenance personnel assisted the occupants with minor clean up and they were able to continue to live in the apartment. No one was injured according to the report. 

According to the article Jackson Fire Bureau Fire Prevention Specialist Wally Jamison said that if fire sprinklers had not been present, eight families would have been displaced. He added; “This fire is now added to the considerable nationwide evidence that fire sprinklers do save lives and property.”


Die HardThe following post orignially appeared on the Gold Seal Homes blog. As owner of Gold Seal Homes, Murray Pound dictates that 100 percent of his homes be outfitted with fire sprinklers.

Everyone has seen the part of the Die Hard movie where John McLean uses a plastic lighter to set off a sprinkler system in a building to evade capture from the bad guys?  I am often asked; ‘Can this really happen in a home with a residential style sprinkler system’?

Thanks to Hollywood, most people believe that you could activate every sprinkler in an office building by pulling a fire alarm switch, shooting one sprinkler head or holding a cigarette lighter up to one sprinkler head. Fortunately, that is not how automatic fire sprinklers work. While it is possible to activate ONE sprinkler head with a cigarette lighter, the sparks from a sword fight will not turn the parking garage at Madison Square Garden into a flood zone!

Read the entire blog post. new report by NFPA's Michael Karter, Jr. contains an overview of the 2011 U.S. fire experience and provides critical information. It is one of the most important tools to advocate for home fire sprinklers.

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,389,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,005 civilian fire fatalities, 17,500 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $11,659,000,000 in direct property loss. There was a civilian fire death every 208 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in 2011. Home fires caused 2,520, or 84%, of the civilian fire deaths.

Read the report is one of two states to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Early on in the process, the Office of the State Fire Marshal set out to bring stakeholders together in order to ease the implementation of the requirement. Part of the process involved the creation of the CAL FIRE Residential Fire Sprinkler/Water Purveyor Task Force.

In addition to the participation of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, other members of the task force included members of the California fire service, building industry, building officials,water Purveyors, American Water Works Association (AWWA), public health officials, state agencies, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and the League of California Cities. buy-in from water purveyors is a critical step in the home fire sprinkler requirement progression. Citing how “diverse groups and professionals with a universal interest of public protection will work together on common goals,” the Office of the State Fire Marshal, under the of then Acting Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, facilitated the work of the task force and published a published a final report documenting the work and issuing sound recommendations “essential to the successful understanding of the statewide residential fire sprinkler adoption movement within the California Building Standards and will be used as part of that decision making process.” Chief Hoover has since been appointed CAlifornia State Fire Marshal

Chief Hoover's leadership and the work of the CAL FIRE task force is truly a case study in how successful collaboration with major stakeholders is the key to successful implementation of the home fire sprinkler requirement. It is a model to be emulated. the report.

A recent online edition of New Jersey’s contains a letter to the editor regarding the dangers of lightweight construction when exposed to fire and the importance of fire sprinklers to offset these dangers in order to protect occupants and firefighters.

Written by Russell Fleming, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the letter underscores the need to adopt model codes that contain fire sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family dwellings.

Mr. Fleming also exposes the problem of new home furnishings adding to the danger, saying; “materials used in today’s home furnishings are also contributing to the accelerated pace of home fires.” He tells us that “newer plastic fillings in sofas, chairs, and mattresses burn much faster than older fillings like cotton, reducing the time it takes for a room to heat to 1,100 degrees and reach flashover -- the temperature point at which the heat in an area is high enough to ignite all flammable materials simultaneously.” No one survives flashover, which can occur within 3-5 minutes in modern homes.


Letters to the editor are important tools to convey the need for fire sprinklers in the home. Are you a home fire sprinkler advocate interested in writing your own letter to the editor of your local newspaper? NFPA has designed newspaper ads and Letter to the Editor templates and compiled them into one comprehensive kit that will enable you to reach the public, and raise awareness of this life saving technology. 

Read more…

HomesystemlargThe Village of Harwood Heights, IL could become the 80th community in the state to require fire sprinkler systems in all new home construction, as local officials consider updating the residential construction code.

Not counting California and Maryland, because they have adopted the requirement statewide, Illinois currently leads the nation in the number of local adoptions.

The fire service and other home fire sprinkler advocates are working together to educate public officials and the community at large on the many benefits of home fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers save lives and they also protect property and the environment.

Contact the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) to get involved. Free educational materials and other important information are available from the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC).

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