Reducing Injuries & Deaths Caused By Residential Fires
Deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home
injury in the United States. Despite spending significantly more than
many countries on fire prevention, the mortality rate in the United
States from fires ranks seventh worst among the 25 developed countries
for which statistics are available. Many firefighters lose their lives
fighting these fires too. How can we change this? Residential fire
sprinklers could play a potentially significant role in reducing these
injuries and deaths caused by residential fires.
To learn more,
read below about the benefits of installing residential sprinklers, as
well as dispelling some common misconceptions about how fire sprinklers
work and appear. Finally, we have some links to more information about
residential fire sprinklers and the effort to increase their use in
North Carolina. We hope you find this page both informative and
enlightening with regard to fire safety in the home.
Benefits of Residential Fire Sprinklers
Sprinklers are designed to detect, report, and confine a fire until
fire suppression forces arrive to fully extinguish the fire.
Sprinklers protect paths of egress - bedrooms, hallways, kitchens, dining rooms and laundry rooms - providing for maximum life safety for the occupants inside or to protect those who may be trapped and unable to escape on their own.
Sprinklers contain a quick response element that allows the sprinkler head to react very quickly thus preventing a small fire from becoming too large to be handled by the system.
Sprinkler piping replaces the cold water domestic system, which saves money for the homeowner.
The sprinkler system will severely limit a fire's growth. Therefore, damage from a home sprinkler system will be much less severe than otherwise would be the case. It would even be less than the water damage caused by firefighting hose lines.
Homeowners could realize insurance discounts up to 15%. This would be in addition to any burglar alarm or fire discounts already in force.
Residential sprinklers increase firefighter safety and reduce the risk of injury by reducing the size and intensity of the fire. They also assist firefighters in rescue efforts by limiting the fire's size and reducing deadly smoke and gases that result.