The following excerpt appeared in the September 19, 2014, edition of The Columbian, written by Emily Gillespie. Read the full article.
When it comes to installing sprinklers, Clark County (WA) Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said that to him, the decision is pretty obvious.
"The obstacles are not that great, the costs are not that great and the benefits are many," Dunaway said.
Officials from Oregon and Washington met Thursday in Vancouver to discuss just how beneficial sprinklers are when it comes to residential fire safety.
The first Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit brought together fire personnel, builders and officials, water purveyors, insurance representatives and fire sprinkler contractors to share information.
A live-burn demonstration showed how sprinklers can minimize damage and increase safety. After firefighters set fire to the half of a trailer outfitted with sprinklers, the fire was out within a minute and a half. The side without sprinklers was a fully involved blaze in about three minutes. More.