Setting the Record Straight on 8 Home Fire Sprinkler Misconceptions

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Jun 9, 2020


New homes today are often built with unprotected lightweight construction and filled with lots of synthetic materials that burn hotter and faster than older homes. According to fire safety experts, we can have as little as two minutes to escape a home fire compared to eight to 10 minutes in previous decades. Armed with important facts about the benefits and true, affordable costs of sprinklers, advocates all around the world continue to educate others on this life saving measure.


So why aren’t fire protection systems more widely accepted and used? More often than not, builders, homeowners, and building managers are influenced by misconceptions that fire sprinklers are not essential, they are too expensive, or they’re not reliable.


A recent article in International Fire Protection magazine addresses eight common misconceptions about sprinkler systems. From the myths that address that fire sprinklers are “bad investments” (and smoke alarms are enough), to water usage, cost, and much more, the article does a great job of tackling the obstacles that can often keep conversations and actions from advancing to the next level.


By working together to continually dispel these and other misconceptions about fire sprinklers we can push the message forward about just how crucial these systems are in protecting lives and property in a fire.  


Learn more by visiting the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative webpage.