It didn't take long for students at the Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship Training School to see the fruits of their labor literally go up in smoke. Flames billowed from their creation--a boxed-in replica of a furnished living room--and destroyed everything inside before firefighters doused the fire.
Similarly, the students watched a fire ignite inside their other living room replica, but this time a sprinkler system activated and saved the structure and its contents.
The Detroit school was one of the recent recipients of a $1,500 stipend supplied by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. The funds and side-by-side demonstrations aim to teach future builders about the rapidity of home structure fires and the effects of home fire sprinklers.
"The carpentry school has a new round of students come in every three months for this class, so we're going to keep doing this until the money runs out," Brian Batten, fire marshal for the Ferndale, Michigan, Fire Department, stated in a recent news story. The department has partnered with the school for these demonstrations. "It's something that these students are going to remember. They may be more aware at home. They may go talk about fire safety to other people. And when they get jobs in the construction business, they may encourage their clients to have sprinkler systems installed."