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Pex sprinkelrThe Courant reports that firefighters responded to a small fire at a home in Middleton, CT early Tuesday. A residential sprinkler system kept the fire in check before firefighters arrived.

The fire was reported at a single-family home at 120 Monarca Drive around 1 a.m. Fire officials said the fire started in the wall near the fireplace.

Nobody was injured in the fire and damage was mainly contained to one room, according to fire officials.

The outcome of the fire could have been different without fire sprinklers due to the time of the time of day when this fire occurred. The majority of home fire victims - 30% of fire deaths – are asleep when the fire starts.

 

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The report says that a tenant in the building reported smoke on the second floor. When crews arrived on the scene, they found a small fire in one of the apartments that was contained by two sprinklers.


Officials say the fire and water damage was limited as firefighters quickly deactivated the sprinkler system as soon as the situation was under control.
According to officials, crews used less than five gallons of water to extinguish the remaining fire due to the effectiveness of the fire sprinkler system. No one was injured at this fire.



"Fire sprinklers are an invaluable tool to improve life safety and have the potential to reduce property damage," said Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh. "Two fire sprinklers activated and controlled the fire until the fire department arrived. These systems are designed to control the fire or reduce the growth of the fire until the fire department can intervene. The sprinkler system in this case preserved the building and limited damages…”


Independent sources report that the owner said one month's worth of rental income paid for the fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers reduce direct property damage per fire by

<span style="font-family: Calibri,Calibri; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,Calibri; font-size: small;">69%.</span></span>It is possible that this property owner could have had to forgo more than one month's worth of income without the fire sprinkler.


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http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff9f1daa970b-piCecil with logoI want to start by emphasizing the importance of NFPA 13D in providing an affordable, efficient fire sprinkler system for home installation. These systems are designed for life safety and may mean the difference between survival and death.

NFPA 13D allows designers and installers to rely on a system that improves liability and saves the homeowner money. With incentives, such as; insurance savings and real estate tax relief – as is the case in Illinois – in seven to ten years it could pay for itself.

Flexibility in design, smaller water supply requirements and less material translates into savings when designing and installing a system complying with NFPA 13D.

The standard has evolved over the years to recognize newer technology and provides the ability to use the existing plumbing line.

The hydraulic calculations provided in NFPA 13D are intended to prove that the system will work, without the necessity of over sizing the system. In my opinion, the plumbing code uses a one size fits all approach which tends to oversize piping and water supply, increasing costs. The piping schedule in NFPA 13D is much like the plumbing code.

For plumbers interested in becoming installers, the standard provides ease of use. The plumbing code provides both options; but the installer is referred to NFPA 13D to determine the correct calculations. Plumbers must be trained in NFPA 13D to take advantage of the savings using hydraulic calculations.

A future trend that will revolutionize NFPA 13D installations is the in-home private water supply concept; which avoids the expense for the additional tap and other capricious costs from water utility
providers. Having your own water supply provides piece of mind and the pump and tank systems have become very affordable.

About the author: Cecil Bilbo is president of The Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology, serving as Director of Engineering Technology. Mr. Bilbo has more than twenty five years of experience in the fire sprinkler industry. He has been a contributing author to the NFSA's textbook for layout technicians, NFPA 3 – Commissioning of Fire and Life Safety Systems Handbook, and NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Handbook.

Money house (2).pngThe cost of residential fire sprinkler systems has been a major point raised by builders in the residential fire sprinkler battle. They often cite unknown studies pointing to how many people will not be able to afford a home if the residential (one and two-family) code requirement is adopted.

Some time ago I sat next to an actuary during one of my many flights and engaged in conversation as I often do with my seat mates. Of course, the conversation turned to residential fire sprinklers. He had not even thought of this technology when making a home purchase decision.

The very first question he asked was, you guessed it; how much does it cost? A recent study revealed the average cost is $1.35 a square sprinklered foot. Immediately his mathematical mind went to work and within seconds he said; "That would only translate into approximately $5.00 extra mortgage payment a month."

During one of the hearings I attended someone provided testimony begging the question posed by the title of this blog. I bring it to you here in its entirety and urge you to make similar analogies - if given the chance - when addressing the cost of residential sprinkler systems.

The testimony follows:

"To really look at the issue of the cost impact on homes and whether sprinklers will impact the cost of affordable housing, there is a basic question that has to be asked; What drives the price of a new home? In many, if not most, markets, the answer to this question is not construction costs, but instead, what the market will bear, with sales prices rising and falling based on what buyers are willing to pay. In such markets, costs associated with mandatory sprinklers are absorbed into the price by adjusting other costs or features or builder markup.

Even if there is an increase in the cost of a home based on sprinklers, the impact on a monthly mortgage payment is negligible in an average home.

Consider a hypothetical $3,000 sprinkler system in a $300,000 home with a 6.5% mortgage, a 5% credit on a $2,000/year insurance bill, and a combined Federal/State income tax rate of 33%; the net cost of fire sprinklers, after mortgage related tax deductions, would be $4.37 per month. This represents a 0.23% increase in the monthly payment and roughly equates to the cost of a premium beverage at your local coffee shop”

So, I pose the question to everyone today: just how cheap do sprinklers have to become before they’re considered cost-effective?

Read the new cost report, the incentives report, and the comparative analysis on housing supply and cost report for more information on home fire sprinkler true cost analyses. 

Felmores fireBBC News reports that fire sprinklers will be installed in homes considered at high risk of fire in a £250,000 (400,000 USD) Essex Fire Authority-funded project.

Essex Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill told BBC that the project would save lives. The authority is coordinating with councils and housing associations to identify properties deemed at high risk of fire. They include “those housing vulnerable adults or children, high-rise premises and properties that have existing problems in achieving fire safety.”

Properties that could benefit include those with a previous history of fire, such as Felmores estate in Basildon. According to the article Felmores estate “has been hit by 10 fires in 10 years and the most recent saw two women rescued from a flat in July.”

Chief Hill said: "Fire deaths have almost been eliminated in buildings that have a sprinkler system fitted and maintained properly... so they are hugely effective." He added that fire services have been lobbying for sprinklers to be fitted in all new homes in England, which already happens in Wales.

ICMA
NFPA's Tim Travers chats with city manager
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently held its annual conference
and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) participated as an exhibitor. The participation of FSI at these conferences helps us reach a large, diverse number of public officials with the home fire sprinkler message.

ICMA provides technical and management assistance, training, and information resources to its members and the broader local government community. The organization also represents local government concerns in the public policy arena on topics such as public safety and emergency management.

This annual conference facilitates networking of local government managers and their staffs to discuss key management issues, review major local government developments, adopt policy statements, and conduct association business.

The information disseminated by FSI during this exhibit will enable these managers and their staffs to go back to their jurisdictions and work towards increasing the use of home fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family home construction in their communities.

Next month, FSI will participate in the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition being held in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned...

 

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[Fire Prevention Week | http://www.fpw.org] (FPW) kicks off October 6 through October 12 and NFPA is encouraging the public to prevent kitchen fires. The kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires and most kitchen fires are caused by cooking. On average, there are roughly 3,000 reported kitchen fires per day in the United States.


 

The FPW website is the central portal for information and resources to help families, teachers, community leaders, and fire officials spread the word about&#0160;cooking safety.


The
site includes fire safety tip sheets, fire statistics, a family safety
checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog® activities for kids and public service
announcement videos. Videos on the site include "Sparky’s Kitchen
Rules," a fire safety song for kids, and safety tips from Sparky’s Aunt
Dottie.


 

Hope you are doing your part to energize your community during FPW and don’t forget to include home fire sprinkler messaging in your outreach activities this week and throughout the year.


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