Citing NFPA’s statistics on the life safety and property protection benefits of fire sprinklers The Co-Operators General Insurance Company, the largest Canadian-owned insurance business in Canada, has introduced a homeowners' insurance discount for homes protected with fire sprinklers. Clients of Co-operators may be eligible for a discount of 10 per cent.
The company asserts this is part of its ongoing efforts to advocate for the installation of fire sprinklers in residences. "Fire sprinklers really should be included in all new houses as they're being built," said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. "We know that they make a home much safer, and that is what our discount acknowledges." The company has called on governments to make fire sprinklers mandatory in all new homes in Canada.
The company is also sponsoring a three-year study by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Research Centre , which is investigating the consequences and health-care costs of house fires in Canada; and the potential impact sprinklers could have. The study launched with a side-by-side burn demonstration with participation from the Guelph Fire Department and narrated by NFPA’s Sean Tracey .