Fires in the home pose one of the biggest threats to a community. In 2018, US fire departments responded to an estimated 1,318,500 fires. These fires caused 3,655 civilian deaths, an increase of 8 percent over the previous year. Of those deaths, roughly 73 percent occurred in the home, the very place people feel most safe.
All national safety model codes include fire sprinklers as a minimum safety requirement for new home construction. Homes built without sprinklers lack a crucial element of fire protection. Because sprinklers have been around for so long, the evidence is clear that they are a proven way to protect lives and property against fires at home— responding quickly and effectively to the presence of a nearby fire, and requiring minimal maintenance by homeowners.
Did you know:
- In 2018, there was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 24 minutes in the United States
- The risk of dying in a reported home fire is 85 percent lower where sprinklers are present.
- The cost of installation averages $1.35 per sprinklered square foot for new construction.
A new fact sheet from NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition breaks down this and other important information about home fire sprinklers by addressing myths often raised by sprinkler opponents.
Download the fact sheet and help spread the facts about the life-saving measures of home fire sprinkler systems.
For more information, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative webpage.