Home fire sprinklers - Safety standard for all new homes

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jul 28, 2011

Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Most people who died could have been saved by fire sprinklers. When thinking about protecting your family from fire it’s important to consider the life safety value of fire sprinklers.

Smoke alarms have done a good job in saving many lives. Home fire deaths greatly declined when wired, interconnected smoke alarms were required by code. In the mid 90’s we reached a plateau, maximizing the benefits of smoke alarms.

Sprinkler activation People continue to die in home fires at unacceptable rates. Over 2,500 lives are lost to home fires every year. Those most at risk are; young children, older adults, persons with disabilities. This high risk group may need the additional time that home fire sprinklers provide to evacuate or to be rescued by responding firefighters, if incapable of self-rescue.

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef014e8a125aa8970d-piFire sprinklers respond quickly and effectively to fire. Contrary to what is portrayed in TV shows and movies, they don’t all go off at once. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate. Over 90% of fires that grew large enough to activate the sprinkler system were controlled by a single sprinkler.

Home fire sprinklers save more than lives, they also protect property; up to 71% when compared with fires in homes with no sprinkler protection. Most often than not, a family will be able to continue to live in the home and to preserve precious memories.

If you are a fire/life safety educator reading this, please make sure that you include the home fire sprinkler message in your educational activities. Visit this page to learn about keeping your community safe with fire sprinklers.

If you would like to advocate for fire sprinklers in all new home construction in your community, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler: Bringing Safety Home® website and sign up to take action.

Maria Figueroa