Why the public may have the wrong opinion on home fire sprinklers--and what you can do to correct it

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Dec 16, 2015


!|src=|alt=Sprinkler myths|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Sprinkler myths|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7fb304d970b img-responsive!Home fire sprinklers may be the last thing on people's minds. Or maybe they have the wrong impression on how these devices operate. Whatever the case, knowledge can surely be power. 


[This article |] was written last year, but deserves to be resurrected for its succinct overview of the public's many misconceptions on home fire sprinklers. A dose of education using these myth-busters can truly help shape public opinion about home fire sprinklers, a crucial life-saving device.


Fire sprinklers are aesthetically unpleasant. Wrong! Per the article, the metal sprinklers hanging down from ceilings that people tend to see in public spaces are nothing like sprinklers in homes. "[Home] fire sprinkler heads are much smaller, can be recessed into the ceiling, and are often hidden behind an access panel," states the article. "They typically can be made to match the colors of your home. This makes them much more aesthetically pleasing than their commercial counterparts."


The water from sprinklers will destroy my home. Incorrect! According to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, fire hoses, on average, use eight-and-a-half times more water to contain a fire than sprinklers. These devices give residents extra time to safely escape a home and prevent the extensive damage of a fire that has exacerbated or the copious amounts of water to control it.


I always burn popcorn and toast, and will set off my sprinklers constantly. Not the case! Home fire sprinklers activate by heat, not smoke. The smoke from fried foods, burnt popcorn, or cigarettes will not set off sprinklers.!|src=|alt=Act-Now-small|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Act-Now-small|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d184f500970c img-responsive!
If you're a fire safety advocate, you might know these and other myths backwards and forwards, but do others? Please help us dispel the many myths by sharing this post with your social network. Doing so is easy--press the buttons below. Also, please watch this video of NFPA's Matt Klaus discussing sprinkler freeze protection:




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