Home fires claim the lives of seven people each day. Home fire sprinklers can help eliminate these tragedies, but legislative barriers and a general unawareness of this technology have prevented its use in new homes. America’s fire service and safety advocates will be able to take action in unison to raise national awareness of a fire sprinkler’s life-saving ability.
Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a project of the NFPA, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) are initiating Home Fire Sprinkler Week from May 19-May 25, 2019.
This initiative is supported by the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the Delaware State Fire School and your local fire department.
Some basic key facts that should be understood regarding residential sprinklers are:
- Risk of dying in a home fire decreases by about 85 percent is sprinklers are present
- When sprinklers are present, fires were kept to the room or origin 97 percent of the time.
- In the event of a fire, typically only the sprinkler nearest the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire, leaving the rest of the home dry and secure. Roughly 89 percent of the time just one sprinkler operates.