Series of fires in rural areas underscores the importance of home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Feb 26, 2016

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08bf7366970d-320wi.jpgA lack of fire hydrants and sparsity of fire stations in rural areas got the attention of an Idaho newspaper,

which recently reported on a series of structure fires. A lack of hydrants, for instance, complicated response efforts during a structure fire this month in Meridian, Idaho.


"Almost all fires in rural areas...they all get a greater start {than fires near hydrants}" Caldwell, Idaho, Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf, told the Idaho Press-Tribune. "They have a greater capability of spreading and doing more damage."


Research backs Wendelsdorf's statements. According to NFPA's "Characteristics of Home Fire Victims" report, the highest overall annual average fire death rates in 2007-2011 were seen in rural communities of less than 2,500 people. NFPA offers these tips on keeping safe in rural settings. Another important consideration is to include home fire sprinklers if constructing homes in these areas, said Wendelsdorf. "In a normally furnished room, it takes only about two or three minutes for a blaze to be a flashover," he told the paper. Home fire sprinklers give residents ample time to seek safety and in most cases extinguish the fire before the fire department arrives.


Read how the Idaho Fire Sprinkler Coalition is educating the public on home fire sprinklers--more specifically, how they are teaching future builders the importance of these devices.