"'Sprinkler systems really do not save lives.' Really? The NFPA and other reliable and respected sources, readily searchable on the Internet, disagree," states Gary Dick, a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, whose letter appeared in the Ouray County Plaindealer. The resident cites NFPA's "U.S. Experience With Sprinklers" report, which underscores just how significantly this technology reduces the risk of dying and property damage from fire. A fire sprinkler "inherently has a response time that no fire department can match," Dick states.
While also underscoring NFPA's studies on installation cost, Dick also did his own investigating. Prior to writing his letter, he confirmed with his local insurance agency that they offer a 10 percent discount on home fire sprinklers. "Aside from saving lives and making residential fires safer for firefighters, some of the [installation] cost will be offset by premium reductions," he states.
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