Home fire tragedies in Texas have made some unfortunate headlines this month. First, there was a story of a houseful of young boys who frantically escaped a burning home. One of the boys, a nine year old from Fort Worth, died in the fire despite valiant efforts by local firefighters. One neighbor told the Star-Telegram that "it's one thing to watch a fire on television, but it's another to watch your neighbors trying to save kids in a fire. That's why I'm shaking so much."
More recently, a mother and her five children were all burned in their home following what fire officials believe to be the ignition of a natural gas leak.
In most cases, a few minutes is all it takes for home fires to become life-threatening. Understanding how residential sprinklers can reduce the risk of injury and death in most house fires, a Texas fire marshal has made a point to praise these systems. In a recent news release from the City of Pearland, Roland Garcia, the city's fire marshal and co-chair of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, commended a recent sprinkler save in his town. "Had a sprinkler system, or automatic fire suppression system, not been present in the building, the outcome may have been very different," he said. Garcia's department supports sprinkler installation in new homes and has devoted a page on the department's website to sprinklers.
Learn how others in Texas are combatting home fire deaths and injuries by visiting the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition page.