Two surveys are shedding light on an apparent disconnect among the fire service and home developers. One of these surveys conducted for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) found that 55 percent of developers interviewed stated they are interested in incorporating fire sprinklers in their new homes if offered an incentive or trade up. However, only six percent were offered them.
Moreover, a fire service survey found that the vast majority of respondents are from jurisdictions that do not offer sprinkler incentives. (Download our 14-page guide that includes information on these incentives.)
"These two surveys show there is interest from both developers and the fire service to pursue incentives," says Lorraine Carli, HFSC's president and NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. "With incentives, there is a great opportunity for the fire service to grow the use of home fire sprinklers in their communities. For developers, there are financial opportunities afforded by incentives. It's a win-win."
Read HFSC's story on the surveys and how fire sprinklers are a key component to community risk reduction.