NFPA Journal sets the record straight about water use from home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Nov 27, 2012

Water_supplyOpponents of home fire sprinklers argue that these systems are water hogs burdening the public water supply. The reality is quite the opposite.

A study conducted by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) concluded that residential sprinklers can reduce water use by as much as 91 percent and reduce water pollution from fire suppression efforts. "It's time for the fire service and other home fire sprinkler advocates to help local water providers recognize that fire sprinkler systems are good for both fire safety and the environment," says Gary Keith, NFPA's vice president of Field Operations and Education, in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

To assist with this effort, HFSC has developed the new Home Fire Sprinkler System Water Supply Guide that includes print and video material on water usage. Using this information to inform local water supplies and the public about sprinkler benefits will hopefully avoid the "failures" of housing developments built without sprinkler protection, says Keith.

For more information on the new guide, read the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.