!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32cde225970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32cde225970b-320wi|alt=Renoburn|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Renoburn|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c32cde225970b!As reported by Sparks Tribunefirefighters conducted a side by side live burn in the parking lot of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on Tuesday morning to demonstrate the many benefits of home fire sprinklers.
Bob King, public information officer for Sparks Fire Department and the Northern Nevada Fire Protection Committee made a good point about the difference between the flow of water from a single sprinkler and the large amount of water that firefighters use to extinguish a home fire. A Fire Protection Research Foundation study revealed that during 10 minutes of operation water consumption by fire sprinklers is approximately 280 gallons. Based on a survey of the reported water used by fire services at home fires, an average of 3,524 gallons of water was discharged by firefighting at homes without fire sprinklers; representing ten times more water usage by firefighters.
The article correctly stated that State Farm Insurance is an advocate for home sprinklers because of their ability to protect property. Robert Villegas, public information officer for State Farm said that Nevada residents who are insured with State Farm receive a 10 percent discount for homes protected by fire sprinklers. He added; “It is not just protecting the home, it decreases the chance for injury as well.” Villegas is absolutely correct; NFPA statistics reveal that 84% of home fire deaths occurred in one- and two-family dwellings in 2011. If you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80% when sprinklers are present.</p>
Learn how your fire department can participate in theBuilt for Life Programand be eligible to receive a stipend from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to conduct a side-by-side live burn demonstration in your community.