U.S. Fire Administration Officially Endorses Fire Sprinkler Systems for Homes
U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade announced this week that
his agency is officially adopting the position that all homes should be
protected by residential fire sprinklers. Only fire sprinklers can detect fire
AND automatically control it – affording families the time to make a safe
escape and protect valuables and property. Cade announced that in January and
February alone, over 300 people have already lost their lives in home fires.
In its announcement the U.S. Fire Administration included
the results of recent studies conducted by the Center for Fire Research at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology which studied the impact of both
smoke alarms and sprinklers in residential occupancies. The Center found that:
fire sprinklers alone are installed in a residence, the chances of dying
in a fire are reduced by 69%.
smoke alarms alone are installed in a residence, a reduction in the death
rate of 63% can be expected.
both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present in a home, the risk of
dying in a fire is reduced by 82%, when compared to a residence without
For more information, please visit the USFA Web site at
www.usfa.dhs.gov and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s Web site at
03-28-2008 11:58 PM