NFPA surveys provide revealing look at home fire sprinkler debate

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 12, 2011

NFPA has been conducting a number of surveys on home fire sprinklers. Recently, attendees of the National Conference of State Legislators took part in a survey that gauged their understanding of the home fire problem and the role sprinklers can play in reducing the deadly consequences of fire. The respondents, comprising legislators, legislative staffers and the public, answered questions related to the topics of cost, environmental benefits, and general fire safety information. Overall, respondents felt that fire and life safety information was most accurate coming from the fire service - over building officials, design professionals, home builders or lobbyists.

  • 70% did not think smoke alarms were enough protection to home occupants in the event of a fire.
  • 63% thought home fire sprinkler minimum standards of safety should be mandated.

See all survey results.

- Karen Wallingford