Residential fire sprinklers save lives and protect homes!
Homes equipped with automatic fire sprinklers and smoke alarms reduce the risk of death in a home fire by 82% and decrease property damage by as much as 90%.
It takes minutes for fire to destroy a home. Because fire sprinklers react so quickly, they can control or put out a growing fire and provide life-saving time until firefighters arrive. When fire sprinklers are activated in a house fire, residents are given important seconds to escape or be protected if they are physically unable to escape on their own, until firefighters arrive.
What you should know
Inquire about the installation of residential fire sprinklers when building a new home or renovating an older home.
The three most important locations for fire sprinklers in a home are in the kitchen, bedroom, and living room, as they are the most common locations for house fires to originate.
Fire sprinklers will likely cause less water damage compared to a fire hose. This is a result of fire sprinklers activating individually. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire and not the rest of the home.
On average, fire sprinklers use only 10% of the water a fire hose uses to control or put out a house fire.
Basic care instructions for a residential fire sprinkler system include:
- Do not paint sprinklers or coverplates.
- Do not attempt to remove sprinklers or coverplates.
- Do no caulk or seal the air gap around sprinklers’ coverplates.
- Do not hang objects or decorations from sprinklers.
- Do not attempt to clean sprinklers with water, soap or other cleaning liquid.
- Occasionally remove dust from sprinklers with a soft feather duster.