California is one of two states requiring sprinklers in new dwellings, and a recent sprinkler operation in Rancho Sante Fe illuminates the many benefits of these installations.
A news item in the recent issue of Fire Protection Contractor Magazine (which originally appeared on the Rancho Santa Fe Review website) highlights what occurred when the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District arrived at the scene of a fire at a sprinklered home. The firefighters immediately discovered that only a single sprinkler head had activated and doused the fire. (Roughly 85 percent of the time, only one sprinkler head will activate during a fire.)
The lone occupant at home during the fire was able to escape safely and allowed to return to the home the same day. "No doubt this would have been a fully involved fire if the sprinkler system was not present," Battalion Chief Fred Cox told the Rancho Santa Fe Review. "This is an excellent example of how residential fire sprinkler systems can save lives and property."
While California can be deemed its own success story following a statewide sprinkler requirement, the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition is still convening to address any issues pertaining to the state's mandatory installations. Learn more about this group by visiting their site.