More than 80% of U.S. civilian deaths involving fire occur in the home. Automatic fire sprinklers cut the number of fire-related fatalities by about 80% and reduce the average property loss per fire by roughly 70%. In spite of this, very few homes are equipped with fire sprinkler systems, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Fire sprinklers are actually affordable, easy to maintain and can save lives. Read more fire sprinkler facts and benefits below:
- On average, installing a home fire sprinkler system costs $1.35 per square foot. The total price is comparable to that of installing a stone driveway or new carpets.
- A fire is generally extinguished faster with a fire sprinkler system than the time it would take a fire department to arrive. What’s more, fire sprinklers use 10 times less water than a fire department to control a fire.
- By using less water, fire sprinklers reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution.
- A fire will trigger only the closest sprinkler and not all at once. In more than 80% of fires in homes with fire sprinklers, only one sprinkler is activated to contain a fire.
- In most cases, fire sprinklers reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium.
- Burnt toast and cigarette smoke do not activate fire sprinklers. They are activated only by the high temperatures of a fire.
- To maintain a fire sprinkler, ensure that the sprinkler is not obstructed or painted over. Also, make sure that the main control valve is always on, so that water is always supplied to the sprinklers.
- During cold weather, frozen pipes can prevent water from coming out of the sprinklers. Check out this guide to learn how to prevent pipes from freezing.
Fire preparedness is especially important during the cold season, when space heating is used extensively. We also recommend checking out these facts about carbon monoxide and cooking fires. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.