Research is again confirming a noteworthy reduction in life safety risks when smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present at home.
Taking a 28-year look at fire incident reports in British Columbia, a new report produced by the University of the Fraser Valley identified key findings when this technology was present during fires. The study, "Life Safety Systems, Fire Department Intervention, and Residential Fire Outcomes" concludes:
- smoke alarms or fire sprinklers were not present in almost three-quarters of home fires, and these fires resulted in more than 80 percent of deaths during the 28-year period
- there is a "marked reduction" in deaths and injuries from fire in sprinklered residences when compared to fires in unsprinklered buildings
- the presence of either smoke alarms or home fire sprinklers reduces the fire-related death rate
- homes equipped with both life-saving technology still required fire department intervention to control the fire but "at a much lower rate than for fires" when none were in place
- fires occurring at homes protected by smoke alarms or sprinklers are "less likely to result in a death, less likely to require fire department intervention, and less likely to extend beyond the room of origin"