Home fire sprinklers save lives and protect property…the lives and property you value most. It is clear that home fire sprinklers are a smart choice. That’s why they are growing in popularity across the country.
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This automatic fire protection system works best in combination with properly installed and maintained smoke alarms. Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire by 82% relative to not having either. That’s a savings of thousands of lives a year.
The most convenient and least costly time to install home fire sprinklers is during new home construction. The expense is often only one to one and one half percent of the total building cost…. About what you’d pay for an upgrade in carpeting or tile. Sprinklers can also be retrofitted into existing homes quite easily.
You can make choices to invest in attractive furnishings, security systems and other features for your home. A home fire sprinkler system is also an investment: in the safety of your family and most cherished belongings.
In Scottsdale, Arizona, a sprinkler ordinance was implemented January 1, 1986. Ten years after the ordinance was passed, the Fire Department developed a report, proving that residential sprinklers help save lives.
- During the 10-year study, there were 598 home fires, 44 in sprinklered homes.
- There were no deaths in homes with sprinklers.
- 10 people died in homes without sprinklers.
Less Fire Damage
Home fire sprinklers can contain, and may even extinguish a fire, in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene.
According to a Scottsdale AZ Report, there was less damage in the homes with sprinklers:
- Average fire loss per sprinklered incident: $1,945
- Average fire loss per unsprinklered incident: $17,067
Less Water, Less Damage
Fire hoses, on average, use 15 times more than water than sprinklers do to contain a fire. According to the Scottsdale, Arizona Report, a 10-year study of fire sprinkler effectiveness, a fire sprinkler uses on average, 209 gallons of water to control a fire. Firefighters, on average, use 3,290 gallons. Reduced water damage is a major source of savings for homeowners.
Unlike old style commercial fire sprinklers, residential sprinklers are small, and can be recessed into ceilings and walls. Some models are completely concealed by cover plates that can be matched to room paint colors.
The odds of accidental activation are 1 in 16 million. Sprinkler mishaps are generally less likely and less severe than accidents involving home plumbing systems.
- Resolution of the board of commissioners of the Estero Fire Rescue District, Lee County, Florida, requiring the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in all new one and two family dwellings
- Case No. 142246-13 Declaratory Stmt
- Case No. 142287-13 Declaratory Stmt
- Case No. 142299-13 Declaratory Stmt
- Dec Statement Water Liability from August 2015 Petition
- DOC021616-02162016121056 from November 2015 Petition