Members of the real estate industry might have not-so-positive views on home fire sprinklers based on what they may have heard or seen. With its long list of inaccurate portrayal of sprinkler activations, Hollywood certainly doesn't help our case. The reality is that home fire sprinklers can be a strong selling point of a home.
Helping to set the record straight is an article on sprinklers catered to this industry. Titled "House fires: less than two minutes to survive," a 2017 story in the Realty Times accurately discusses how home fire sprinklers combined with working smoke alarms and escape planning can be a resident's best defense against the damaging effects of home fires.
"What do you know about home fire sprinklers that you are positive is true?" the article states. "Hollywood has mislead us again. We've seen movie heroes hold a flame to a sprinkler head to set off all the sprinklers on the floor or in the building. Big myth." (Here are others.)
Another potentially unclear aspect is when fire sprinklers are required in new homes. Though a provision in all U.S. model building codes, "the unfortunate reality is a number of jurisdictions have removed the provision for home fire sprinklers in their adoption process for their building code," NFPA's Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy, said in the article. "The model code is the minimum level of safety and a jurisdiction that decides to take that [sprinkler] requirement out is in fact allowing substandard homes to be built in that community."
Please help members of your local real estate industry learn how they can market home fire sprinklers. Forward them NFPA's information on the benefits of this technology and additional information from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.