Residents of two Washington communities have a chance to see, first-hand, the power of home fire sprinklers this week.
On Tuesday, March 27, Fire Team USA will demonstrate the dramatic effects of home sprinklers with a side-by-side comparison burn at the conclusion of a free workshop at Snohomish County Fire District 1 Headquarters and Training Tower in South Everett. According to an article in The Edmonds Beacon, the side-by-side comparison of fire in a room with a sprinkler and a room without a sprinkler will take place around 4 pm at the training tower.
Participants will learn the basics of how sprinklers work, explore current public policy, discuss how community planning affects fire protection and learn about local resources.
"In the event of a home fire, sprinklers respond quickly, giving families valuable time to get to safety. Many places of employment, education and businesses are already protected by sprinklers. The place where you and your family sleep should be protected by fire sprinklers," Greg Rogers, chair of the Washington Sprinkler Coalition, told The Edmonds Beacon.
And on Thursday, March 29, residents of Vancouver are invited to see how home fire sprinklers work and learn about their costs and benefits during a free, one-day workshop at the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, near the Clark County Fairgrounds. According to a report on the Clark County web site, the event is sponsored by the Fire Marshal’s Office in cooperation with the Western States Fire Protection Co. and Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board of Puget Sound.
“We promote residential sprinklers because the risk of dying in a home fire is cut by 80 percent when sprinklers are used,” said Jon Dunaway, Clark County Fire Marshal.
Have you ever seen a side-by-side sprinkler demonstration? Here's video of a demonstration recently hosted by NFPA that shows how quickly flashover can occur and how home fire sprinklers can give you and your family time to evacuate.