Home Fire Sprinkler Day

By Rachel Anderson

 

A group of firefighters, burn survivors, and advocates poses for a portrait. Each holds a fire sprinkler head.

 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) initiated the first Home Fire Sprinkler Day, which takes place on May 19. These two organizations started a Home Fire Sprinkler Day initiate with the goal to address North America’s home fire problem as well as spread awareness of fire sprinklers life-saving ability. The Phoenix Society is joining NFPA and HFSC on May 19 to promote fire safety and home sprinkler awareness.

NFPA and HFSC aim to use May 19 to raise awareness on fire sprinklers life-saving ability. The following statistics should serve as a call to action to join the Home Fire Sprinkler Day!

  • According to the NFPA’s website, 80 percent of fire deaths in North America happen at home.
  • The NFPA also reports that home fires claim the lives of seven people each day and injure 13,000 annually.
  • Cooking equipment and smoking are the two leading causes of home fire deaths.
  • Home fire sprinklers can dramatically decrease the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire.
  • When correctly installed and maintained, fire sprinklers help save lives and prevent further damage.
  • Although home fire sprinklers have been around for more than a century, legislative barriers and a general unawareness of this technology have restricted its use in homes.

As a well-established technology with a solid track record of protecting people and property, home fire sprinklers can play a significant role in decreasing the number of fire deaths each year. The NFPA reports the risk of dying from a house fire decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present. Furthermore, research has found that sprinklers keep the fire to the room of origin 97 percent of the time.

Home fire sprinklers are an excellent way to help prevent damage and death.

  • Many do not realize rapid rising heat, not smoke only activate home fire sprinklers.
  • Only sprinklers near the fire will activate, and a single sprinkler controls most fires.
  • While some believe that newer homes are safer and only older homes are at risk, it is actually the complete opposite.
  • New homes have larger open spaces, unprotected and lightweight construction materials, and furniture stuffed with combustible materials. These factors lead to new homes burning hotter and faster, which is one reason why the NFPA and HFSC aim to increase the use of home fire sprinklers in North America through the adoption of sprinkler requirements in new construction.
  • The cost of home fire sprinklers is also must lower than many think. The average price per sprinklered square foot is roughly one percent of a home’s total construction cost.

We’re working with NFPA and HFSC to make Home Fire Sprinkler Day a national success. Join the Phoenix Society on May 19 to spread the word about the ultimate fire protection technology! Learn more and find local events here.

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