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Home Fire Sprinkler Week Kicks off with a Focus on Protection: Fire is Fast, Sprinklers are Faster

Today’s Home Fire Sprinkler Week theme is Fire is Fast, Sprinklers are Faster. A home fire can become deadly in just two minutes or less – that’s fast! Homes are filled with synthetic furnishings that burn hotter and faster than natural materials, producing highly toxic smoke. New homes are most commonly built with unprotected lightweight wood construction, and designed with large, open spaces - a deadly combination.

Sprinklers are faster because they work automatically, before the fire becomes deadly. This week, we are building awareness about both these things - how fast a home fire actually is and how fast fire sprinklers are at stopping a fire.

High heat from a fire activates the closest sprinkler, putting water on the fire. In the majority of home fires, only one sprinkler activates, controlling and often putting out the fire.

In a recent survey of homeowners, 80 percent said they wanted home fire sprinklers once they learned how they work. Understanding these facts is key to demand and why we are raising awareness this week.

Today’s messages feature the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s (HFSC) virtual reality video that was created from actual home fire flashover and fire sprinkler activation footage. This immersive experience is memorable. With user-controlled 360-degree, full-room views, viewers experience the fires in real time, as if they are actually in the room, seeing the fires and sprinkler activation from any angle.

Home Fire Sprinkler Week is an excellent time to increase awareness in your community that Fire is Fast, Sprinklers Are Faster, and is co-hosted by HFSC and NFPA.  Please share these messages today. For more information on today’s theme and resources to share, visit the HFSC website.

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Lorraine Carli
VP, Outreach & Advocacy, Working to save lives and property through awareness, action and collaborations.

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