An interesting email from a colleague recently landed in my inbox. I clicked on the link embedded in the body and was taken to a this-day-in-history page that highlighted a sprinkler save from 1939. A fire had apparently activated a sprinkler system at a Sears & Roebuck. The fire didn't amount to much, stated the report, but caused water damage.
Granted, this incident doesn't involve a house fire, but the story--now more than 75 years old--reminded me of recent news reports where the successes of a sprinkler save are sometimes downplayed in lieu of other details. What about the lives that were potentially saved? What about how sprinklers significantly reduce the amount of water gushing from a firefighter's hose during a fire? What about how quickly these systems operate during a fire and can prevent flashover?
Read more about this issue on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.