"Die Hard's" Bruce Willis popularizes sprinkler myth

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 25, 2014

Our friends over at Gold Seal Homes, which have safeguarded all of their new residences with sprinklers since 2008, recently resurrected an entertaining blog post of theirs that's worth highlighting. The post calls out John McClane, the character from the 1988 blockbuster "Die Hard" played by Bruce Willis, for setting off an entire sprinkler system by holding a lighter under one sprinkler head, one of the most common residential sprinkler myths.

"Residential systems in new homes are designed to go off independently," the post reads. "New homes do not have a 'deluge' system where all heads go off simultaneously, nor can they be set off by a smoke detector."

When he's not saving the world, McClane might benefit from a tutorial on how sprinklers work. (Check out this animated movie from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.) For information on another hero, check out this video of Gold Seal's president, Murray Pound, one of NFPA's Faces of Fire: