Residential sprinklers provide excellent fire protection for your home because they can control, contain or extinguish fires until help arrives.
Sprinklers limit smoke development and spread, giving occupants more time to evacuate and significantly reducing the likelihood of injury and death due to smoke inhalation.
Young children, older adults and people with disabilities are at higher risk of being injured or killed in a fire because they may be unable to react quickly. Sprinklers control or extinguish fires, providing occupants more time to safely escape.
Because they can control or extinguish fires, sprinklers reduce the risks faced by firefighters when they must fight a fully-involved fire or rescue trapped occupants.
The majority of fire deaths occur in the home. Residential sprinklers can save lives and property from fire. Residential sprinklers respond quickly and effectively to fire with only the sprinkler heads closest to the fire activating, spraying water on the fire.
One sprinkler discharges less water in ten minutes than a fire hose discharges in one minute. Uncontrolled fires cause significantly more damage than sprinklers.
Because sprinklers are triggered by heat, not smoke, only the sprinkler heads in the immediate vicinity of the fire will activate to control or extinguish a fire.
Sprinkler heads only discharge if a fire raises the temperature beyond the sprinkler activation point (typically 57-74 C or 135-165 F). The odds of an accidental discharge due to a manufacturing defect are about 1 in 16 million.
Studies indicate that modern homes smolder longer and burn hotter and faster than homes built 35 years ago. Most fire deaths are the result of toxic smoke generated by the burning contents of a home.
Because residential sprinkler systems react so quickly, they can dramatically reduce the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire. Roughly 85 percent of the time, just one sprinkler operates.
Residential sprinklers can reduce your homeowners' insurance premiums. Check with your insurance agent or broker for more information.