In the new NFPA Journal: Comparing sprinklered vs. nonsprinklered fires in industrial occupancies

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on Mar 21, 2014

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Conventional wisdom has long held that the "heavier" the occupancy, such as industrial, the more damaging fires tend to be, especially when those occupancies aren't sprinklered.

In a fascinating feature story in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal, Fred Sanford, director of special projects with Liberty Mutual Insurance's property risk engineering group, describes a 14-year study of hundreds of fires by Liberty Mutual that illustrates the dramatic impact sprinklers can have in minimizing damage in industrial occupancies. In the story, "The Sprinkler Difference," Sanford writes that "overall, in a comparison of estimated fire damage in non-sprinklered versus sprinklered industrial occupancies, fires in non-sprinklered facilities averaged an estimated $1.9 million in damage compared to $638,000 in sprinklered facilities, or a ratio of about 3:1." 

The story is part of the industrial + storage occupancies focus in this latest issue of NFPA Journal.