Residential fire sprinkler systems is a growing topic of debate that affects every person with a roof over his or her head.
Are residential fire sprinklers a "no brainer" in home fire protection or do the costs outweigh the benefits? This growing debate is capturing the passions of homeowners, fire fighters, fire prevention authorities, contractors, engineers, home builders and property managers across the country.
Finding the “right” balance in home fire protection requires that all parties, interest groups, associations and government agencies engage. Your participation is requested.
It’s time to bring the many voices and interested parties in the fire safety debate together to get the truth, the facts and the opinions out in the open so that you may come to your own conclusions on how you will influence the future of home fire protection.
I believe there are myths out there regarding home fire sprinklers. If builders and building officials could see this side-by-side demonstration that I have seen at FM Global, there would be no doubt sprinklers are the most effective tool to save lives and prevent extensive property damage.
Firefighter Joe A. Morgan
Jr., severely injured on duty in 1999
The quick response of home fire sprinkler systems greatly improves the chance of saving lives, minimizing property damage and safely returning fire fighters home to their families—that is worth any cost.
Fire Lieutenant Stephen Halliday
Severely injured on duty in 2002
I worked in Manhattan for 15 years fighting fires in skyscrapers and big buildings, but received my only injury from a house fire in Queens 10 feet from the door – difference is the big buildings are safer, they have sprinklers.
W. Keith Brower
Jr., Fire Chief
Newer homes, because of the amount of synthetics that are used and because of the diminished construction, are actually less safe than an older home built with dimension construction. That’s why residential sprinklers have value.