A fire occurs in a residential structure about every 80 seconds taking a considerable toll on life and property. Through public education fire and rescue personnel can suggest ways to protect yourself and your family against death injury and property damage resulting from a residential fire. Some examples include installation of smoke alarms and emergency preparation/escape planning. Residential sprinklers introduced in the1980s are an additional means to protect your family and home should a fire occur.
It is recommended that all homes should be equipped with smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinklers. Within the past few decades millions of Americans have installed smoke alarms in their homes. Although this is a significant life-safety initiative working smoke alarms only alert occupants regarding a fire in the home -- they can not contain or extinguish a fire. Whereas sprinklers provide 'built in protection' by reducing a fire’s heat flames and smoke providing residents valuable time to exit safely.
Through extensive and successful research performed by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) the use of residential sprinklers has diminished initial concerns regarding cost reaction and reliability. These life-saving systems have gained increasing acceptance as demonstrated by their quick and effective response in the presence of a fire. Sprinklers installed in the home is equivalent to having your own individual firefighters. Sprinklers save lives!
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Faces of Fire
Mother & Daughter Sprinkler Advocates
Residential Sprinklers and Student Housing Safety
Sprinkler Demonstration Videos
For more information on residential sprinklers visit the following websites:
Fire Team USA
Home Safety Council
U.S. Fire Administration
Common Voices Coalition
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
Residential Fire Sprinklers.com
National Fire Protection Association
National Fire Sprinkler Association
International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home
International Residential Code Fire Sprinkler Coalition