An alarming 32 deaths from house fires occurred during the week of October 5, bringing the total number of media-reported civilian fire deaths this year to nearly 1,800, per a weekly report released by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
The outcome of a recent fire in Washington State was far less tragic, thanks to the rapid response of a home fire sprinkler system. On October 1, the Olympia Fire Department responded to the fire at a multi-family resident. Upon arriving at the scene, they noticed a sprinkler head in the kitchen doing its job following an unattended cooking incident. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and credited the sprinkler system from preventing the fire from spreading to other parts of the structure. Nearby residents were able to return to their homes that day.
Olympia is one of a handful of Washington jurisdictions with a sprinkler requirement on the books. (While sprinkler requirements aren't statewide in Washington, local jurisdictions are allowed to adopt their own requirements.) Check the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition site to see the other jurisdictions that are bringing safety home, and see how your state fares by visiting the sprinkler requirements page on the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.