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Residential Fire Sprinkler Facts


Affordable and Life Saving   Smoke alarms can be invaluable, but they don’t

put out fires. A sprinkler system can control or

even extinguish a fire while help is on the way.

On average, more than 10 minutes pass between

the time of an initial call and the beginning of

firefighting operations.

A fire sprinkler system typically activates in just

over one minute from the start of a fire. It can

contain the fire and prevent it from becoming

deadly and destructive.

Give your family precious time to escape safely –

a priceless advantage in a fire. Sprinklers are an

affordable addition to your construction budget.

90% of home fires are contained

by a single sprinkler.

It’s simply not true that every sprinkler in the

house activates at once. The systems are designed

so that only the sprinkler closest to the

fire activates. In 90% of cases, operation of a

single sprinkler is enough to control or extinguish

the fire before heat and smoke build to deadly

levels.Water damage is limited because less

water is required to control a fire.

A sprinkler releases 10-25 gallons of water per

minute. High-pressure fire department hoses

deliver 125-250 gallons per minute, with far

greater potential water damage to your home.

Only a threatening fire generates heat

sufficient to activate a sprinkler.

You can take comfort in knowing sprinklers don’t

operate when and where they’re not needed.

Things like burning toast and cigars will not initiate

a release. Only high temperatures generated

by a fire – typically 155°F or greater – will trigger

activation. And, the chance of accidental discharge

due to a manufacturing defect is only 1 in 16

million, according to information compiled by the

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

They’re unobtrusive and blend with your

home’s decor.

You needn’t be concerned that sprinklers will

adversely affect the appearance of your home.

Today’s diverse styles, finishes and colors

complement any home design. Custom paint

matching is also an option. Piping is concealed in

walls and ceilings, and sprinkler heads are so

small and unobtrusive you almost have to look to

notice them.

A single sprinkler can protect an area as large as

20 by 20 feet, so an average house may require

only 20-30 sprinklers. Even homes with high,

sloped ceilings and other special design features

can be equipped with an aesthetically pleasing,

life-saving sprinkler system.

Fire Statistics

• Fire breaks out in 1 in 10 homes each year

• Firefighters responded to more than 396,000

home fires in 2005 – one every 79 seconds

• Over 3,000 firefighters died and 14,000

were injured

• Direct losses exceeded $6.8 billion

• Home fires pose the greatest risk to children,

the elderly and physically handicapped


• The combination of working smoke alarms

and home fire sprinklers can reduce the likelihood

of death from fire by more than 80%

• Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 15-year period following

the advent of sprinklers being required

in all new homes, reported:

Sprinklered homes – No fire deaths; average

fire loss $2,166

Non-sprinklered homes – 13 deaths; average

fire loss $45,019

More communities require fire sprinkler systems

in new home construction each year. Meanwhile,

national building and fire organizations are

adding home fire sprinkler requirements to safety

codes. Progressive builders are keeping pace

with this trend.

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