Fire Sprinklers Prove to Save Lives by 80% and Property Damage by 70%
Depending on your location and local fire district, fire sprinklers MAY be required in buildings over 5000 sq ft, and for some sub-divisions. They have been proven to save lives and offset damage to residential and commercial property and should be considered for all new construction.
1. According to NFPA “Home fire sprinklers are a crucial, life-saving technology, since sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying from home fires by 80 percent and can reduce the risk of property loss by 70 percent.”
2. Fire sprinklers have shown great results in improving outcomes from fire. However, Arizona, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA, has “no statewide requirement for home fire sprinklers in one- and two-family homes. No new local jurisdictions may adopt sprinkler ordinance due to legislative action. Exempt from this law are cities like Scottsdale, which has an ordinance to sprinkler its new homes that went into effect in 1986.”
Scottsdale has seen a dramatic drop in fire deaths and property damage since adopting a city ordinance 30 years ago. “Since it went into effect in 1986, an ordinance to sprinkler Scottsdale’s new homes has had a hand in saving lives and property; the city’s fire losses, for example, are a third less than the national average.
As for the myth that “fire sprinkler requirements will place the fire service out of business,” the number of Scottsdale’s fire stations and firefighters has increased since the ordinance took effect 30 years ago.
In this new video produced by NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Jim Ford, fire marshal for the Scottsdale Fire Department, discusses how his town’s ordinance has significantly decreased the city’s fire losses without diminishing the necessity of the fire service:
3. According to NFPA, “fire sprinklers have been around for more than a century, protecting commercial and industrial properties and public buildings. What many people don’t realize is that the same life-saving technology is also available for homes, where roughly 80 percent of all civilian fire deaths occur:
- The civilian death rate was 81 percent lower in homes with fire sprinklers than in homes without them.
- The average firefighter injury rate was nearly 80 percent lower when fire sprinklers were present during fires.
- When sprinklers were present, fires were kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time.
- The home fire death rate was 90 percent lower when fire sprinklers and hardwired smoke alarms were present. By comparison, this death rate is only 18 percent lower when battery-powered smoke alarms are present but automatic extinguishing systems weren’t.”
Fire Sprinkler Systems for Homes and Businesses
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