Home ﬁre sprinklers protect lives by keeping fires small. In many situations a family who has survived a ﬁre will also have their “home” to live in and enough of the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as they did before.
The cost of a home ﬁre sprinkler system in a new home averages $1.35 per sprinklered square foot totaling an amount similar to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving stone driveway or a whirlpool bath. Source: Fire Protection Research Foundation Study 2013.
A home ﬁre sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium.
Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a ﬁre sprinkler would use to contain a ﬁre. Source: Fire Protection Research Foundation Study 2010.
Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, ﬁre damage by up to 71%, and water usage to ﬁght a home ﬁre by as much as 91%. Source: FM Global and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Study 2010.
Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a ﬁre sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a ﬁre will activate the sprinkler.
A home ﬁre sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.
Home ﬁre sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. A home ﬁre sprinkler system should be winterized the same way a domestic water supply is winterized.
MYTH: "When a fire occurs, every sprinkler will activate and everything in the house will be ruined."
FACT: In the event of a fire, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire, leaving the rest of the house dry and secure. Roughly 85 percent of the time, just one sprinkler head operates.