A 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.”
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.