Fires in the home pose one of the biggest threats to the community. More than 358,000 home fires occur each year, killing 2,500 people and injuring 13,000 others. Home fire sprinklers are a proven way to protect lives and property against home fires. This technology responds quickly to reduce heat, flames, and smoke from a fire, giving families valuable time to get to safety. Fire sprinklers can make a significant difference:
- If you have a fire in your home, the risk of someone dying decreases by approximately 80 percent when sprinklers are present.
- Residential fire sprinklers protect against significant property loss—reducing direct property damage by about 70 percent per fire.
- Research shows that sprinklers keep fire in the room of origin 97 percent of the time.
- Roughly 85 percent of the time, just one sprinkler operates during a fire.
- Each individual sprinkler is designed and calibrated to go off when it senses a significant heat change.
- Only the sprinkler(s) closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.
*Information from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) *