Millions of Americans this week woke to a story on one of NFPA's favorite topics: home fire sprinklers.
Using NFPA's data on today's home fires, "Good Morning America" underscored today's home fire problem in a news story that also included a burn demonstration inside a home. UL and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) initiated two burns inside the home, once inside a room with fire sprinklers and one without. Both results were dramatic.
ABC also reached out to the National Association of Home Builders, who told them "smoke detectors are still the most cost-effective means for saving lives in a home fire. Sprinklers can add thousands to the cost of a new home." And, it adds, sprinklers have "marginal benefits." Since fire sprinklers save lives and have been doing so in many structures across the country, I would hardly call this purpose a "marginal benefit."
The story also points to the Fire Protection Research Foundation's latest report on fire sprinkler installation costs. Without stating so in the story, the average installation cost per square foot is $1.35, proving the affordability of this technology. Shane Ray, NFSA's president, also calls out the number of states currently prohibiting fire sprinklers on either a local or state level.
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