A big complaint from our safety advocates is that fire sprinkler activations don't get nearly as much media play as home fires. Or, when an activation occurs, the media focuses more on the "damage" than what was actually prevented.
Giving credit where credit is due, we highlight the following media outlets who have prominently--and accurately--promoted sprinklers. With headlines like "Sunday fire shows value of sprinkler systems" and "Fire sprinkler makes quick work of Ridgefield blaze," they are giving sprinklers the attention this technology deserves. Kudos to our advocates for their perfect quotes, too.
Headline: "Canby apartment fire contained by sprinklers"
A residential fire last month didn't require much intervention from firefighters, since fire sprinklers extinguished the fire by the time they had arrived. "Without the fire sprinkler system, the fire would have grown before we arrived and would have caused severe damage to the structure and displaced several tenants," Captain Nikki Hietschmidt with Canby Fire in Oregon, told the news outlet.
Pointing to NFPA research on fire sprinklers was Chase Browning, chair of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition. He also told the Canby Herald that any damage associated with a fire sprinkler activation would be significantly less than fires in an unsprinklered residence.
Headline: "Sunday fire shows value of sprinkler systems"
A Colorado resident was tinkering with a car inside his garage when the vehicle somehow caught on fire. Sprinklers quickly activated, and by the time firefighters from Colorado River Fire Rescue arrived, they only needed to mop up some water. Smoke alarms alerted the residents in the other four townhomes to evacuate, but had sprinklers not been present, officials feared the fire could have impacted those units. Addressing new homeowners, Colorado River Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Orrin Moon says they should "look to add sprinkler system right away."
"The long-term goal for all fire departments is to see residential sprinklers added for every home," he adds.
Headline: "Fire sprinkler puts out fire in Huntington home"
For the second time in a matter of weeks, a residential fire in Virginia's Greater Alexandria area was doused by sprinklers. The latest activation occurred when an incense stick ignited a living room end table. Nobody was injured from the fire.
Headline: "Fire sprinkler makes quick work of Ridgefield blaze"
Hot oil and fries were the culprit of a kitchen fire in Washington State. The stove and nearby cabinets caught fire, but the home's fire sprinklers quickly tackled the blaze. Similar to the sprinkler save in Colorado, all firefighters had to do was mop the floor. "These simple, inexpensive fire sprinklers really do their job," a spokesperson for Clark County Fire & Rescue told the publication.
And since we love sprinkler saves, here's a final one sent to us from members of the South Dakota Fire Sprinkler Coalition:
The resident was lighting incense and Isopropyl alcohol on the bathroom counter and the fire flared. The sprinkler activated, and the resident immediately evacuated with minor burns to his hand and abdomen.
Send NFPA your sprinkler saves, and we'll share them with our army of fire sprinkler advocates.