!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c5a38a970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c5a38a970b-320wi|alt=Sprinkler spray|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Sprinkler spray|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c5a38a970b img-responsive!A recent fire in Connecticut could have been much worse if not for fire sprinklers. A kitchen fire at a Fairfield residence on August 23 was successfully contained by the overhead sprinklers, limiting damage to just two of the 54 apartments, according to the +Fairfield Citizen+.
The Fairfield Fire Department's Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood issued the following statement in the wake of the event:
"The occupants of the building were extremely lucky that this building had sprinklers and that the sprinklers kept the fire in check. The damage would have been much worse had there not been sprinklers."
Thwarting greater damage in this instance is a strong reminder of the importance of these devices. For more information on advocating for home fire sprinkler requirements in your state or region, visit the [Fire Sprinkler Initiative | http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/] website.
This post was written by Ryan Sweezey, NFPA's public affairs intern.