Burn nurse details tragedy of home fires, impact of residential sprinklers

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 18, 2014

Curtis Ryan

Curtis Ryun, RN, of the Legacy Oregon Burn Center, shared the hidden human stories and cost associated with burn injuries -- and the impact that home fire sprinklers could have on this incidents.

Speaking at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, sponsored in part by the Washington and Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalitions, Curtis said the cost of a typical home fire sprinkler system is equal to the cost of spending two days in a burn unit. (In a national survey completed in 2013, NFPA found that the average cost for the installation of home fire sprinklers is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot.) He added that the average burn patient spends 13 days in the burn unit at Legacy.

Special thanks to Nanette Tatom, public information officer for Gig Harbor (WA) Fire & Medic One, for providing photos from the summit.