Plano (TX) Fire-Rescue will stage a side-by-side residential fire sprinkler demonstration this Saturday, September 20, during the Plano Balloon Festival.
The event will demonstrate the powerful role residential fire sprinklers play in controlling home fires. It will compare two bedroom fires: one fitted with fire sprinklers, the other without. The demonstration is scheduled for 4:00 pm on the same field where the evening balloon launch will take place at 6:00 pm.
“Residential fire sprinklers provide valuable time to escape a fire and save belongings,” says Fire Marshal David Kerr. “The demonstration will show the speed of fire growth with today’s modern combustible furnishings and how residential fire sprinklers fight the fire well before the arrival of firefighters.”
To date, Plano has experienced 97 residential fire sprinkler saves. Across the US, 85 percent of all fire deaths occur in residences. In a home with fire sprinklers, the average property loss per fire is cut by about 70% compared to fires where there are no sprinklers.
Along with Plano Fire-Rescue, the sponsors for Saturday’s demonstration are Plano Balloon Festival, the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Plumbers Continuing Education.
Watch a home fire sprinkler demonstration held at the University of Texas-Arlington campus on May 21, 2014. See how quickly the sprinkler system douses the flames that erupt in the mock bedroom.