THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015
When it comes to fire safety in the home, you could be forgiven for thinking that installing sprinklers seems a bit over the top. But that's partly because of misunderstandings about how they work, how much they cost to install, and how vital a role they can play in increasing safety and reducing fire deaths.
According to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a trade body, residential fire sprinklers can contain a fire and may even extinguish it before firefighters arrive. This provides precious time to get everyone safely out of the house.
In fact, research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests sprinklers could cut the incidence of residential fire deaths by as much as 83 percent, reduce direct property damage by more than two thirds, and cut firefighter injuries by 65 percent.
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety highlights what it labels as myths about home fire sprinklers. These are:
1. When one sprinkler activates, the whole lot go off. Not true. The sprinkler heads react to the heat in each room. 90 percent of fires can be contained by just one sprinkler.
2. Sprinklers go off accidentally, causing water damage. This is highly unlikely. Sprinklers are designed to avoid accidental activation.
3. Water does more damage that the fire it's trying to quench. Though water may cause damage, by limiting the spread of the blaze it will actually do less damage. Plus, water from firefighter's hoses, if the blaze hasn’t been contained, will do much more damage than sprinklers.
4. Home sprinklers are expensive. This is one of the biggest myths. The Fire Protection Research Foundation estimates the cost to be around $1.60 per square foot of home. Against the value of what's at risk in a fire, this is a relatively small sum.
There's also no evidence that construction rates are inhibited when planning bodies require homes to be built with fire sprinklers.
A residential fire happens every 87 seconds in the US. Just think of the difference that home sprinklers could make.
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