New NFPA report on fire sprinklers further illuminates technology's life-saving abilities
Now, there's even more data to support the stance that fire sprinklers should be a staple in all new homes.
NFPA's new report, "U.S. Experience With Sprinklers," sheds light on fire sprinkler operation during home fires and the loss mitigated by this technology. Consider these statistics found in the new report and accompanying fact sheet. During reported U.S. home fires between 2010-2014:
- 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
During this time frame, fire sprinklers were present in only seven percent of reported home fires. You can help increase this number. Please share these eye-opening statistics found in the new "U.S. Experience With Sprinklers" report with your region's decision makers and demand they start taking their home fire problem seriously. Please link them with the facts.