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Benefits of home fire sprinklers

It’s been proven—home fire sprinklers save lives and property.

NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative highlights key research underscoring how fire sprinklers can reduce the risk of death or injury from fire. According to NFPA's "U.S. Experience with Sprinklers" report

  • 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

Read how fire sprinkler ordinances have played a crucial in protecting communities across the country as well as the environment.  


In This Section
  • Environmental benefits of sprinklers The findings of a groundbreaking study show that greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98% when automatic fire sprinklers are installed.
  • Sprinkler performance and benefits research Discover how sprinkler ordinances can reduce home fire deaths and positively impact a community's housing market.
  • Water usage Learn about water consumption in sprinklered homes and how sprinkler installation impacts water supply systems.