Safety advocates know that fire sprinklers can significantly reduce the risk of death or property loss from a home fire. What might not be as well-known is the data supporting the environmental benefits of this technology in all new homes.
A study conducted by FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition underscored a sprinkler's green qualities. It investigated the types, quantity, and duration of air and water pollutants released from a home fire; the amount of water used by a firefighter's hose and fire sprinklers during a fire; and the environmental impact of burning furnishings and other materials.
The report, "The Environmental Impact of Automatic Fire Sprinklers," concluded that:
- greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98 percent when automatic fire sprinklers are installed
- automatic fire sprinklers reduce fire damage by up to 97 percent and reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90 percent
- fire sprinklers reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment
Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site for more information on this study.