Sprinklers control home fire caused by discarded cigarette

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 20, 2016

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A carelessly discarded cigarette started a fire in a Reno, Nevada, residence, but the fire was quickly contained to only the living room by fire sprinklers.


According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the two tenants living in the apartment were sleeping at the time of fire but escaped without any injuries. Though fourteen other people in the apartment complex were temporarily relocated with help from the American Red Cross, no injuries were reported.


According to NFPA's "Home Structure Fires" report, smoking is the leading cause of home fire fatalities. NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative notes that the risk of dying in home fires decreases by 80 percent when fire sprinklers are present.


If you're a smoker, please adhere to these NFPA safety tips. If in the market for a new home, ask for fire sprinklers.


This post was written by Michal Holland, intern for NFPA's Public Affairs Division.