NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative provides the latest research, reports and statistics to equip advocates with the facts to support the requirement for home fire sprinklers. In the “Research/Report” section of the website, you will find the following downloadable documents:
- Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment - A national perspective on the cost of residential fire sprinklers is examined in this report. This study revealed that the cost of installing sprinkler systems to the home builder averaged $1.61 per sprinklered square foot
- Fire Loss in the United States during 2011-This report contains overall statistics from the NFPA survey of fire departments on fires, civilian deaths and injuries, and property damage in 2011
- Human Factors Contriibuting to Fatal Injury - This report compares fatal home fire victims with five different human factors contributing to the fatal injury: asleep, possibly impaired by alcohol or drugs, physically disabled; possibly mentally disabled, and unattended or unsupervised child under 10 years old, with all home fire victims on a variety of fire causes and circumstances
- U.S. Experience with Fire Sprinklers - Includes statistics on how often sprinklers are reported in fires, by property use, and their estimated impact in reducing the average loss of life and property.
- Impact of Home Sprinklers on Firefighter Injuries (addendum to NFPA's "U.S. Experience with Sprinklers" report) Based on 2006-2010 structurefires reported to U.S. municipal fire departments, this report compares structure fires in homes with no automatic extinguishing equipment present, to home structure fires with wet-pipe sprinkler systems, and analyses the impact on firefighter injuries
- Fire Flow Consumption in Sprinklered and Unsprinklered Buildings: An Assessment of Community Impacts - NFPA commissioned this study to assess community impacts of sprinklered and unsprinklered buildings.
- Sprinkler Insulation: A Literature Review – This report identifies all pertinent articles that have been published in relation to the use of insulation within residential facilities to protect sprinkler piping from freezing conditions.
- Residential Fire Sprinklers: Water Usage and Water Meter Performance – This report provides guidance information on this topic in a format suitable for water utilities and local jurisdictions
- Incentives for the Use of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems in U.S. Communities - To evaluate the nature and impact of incentives, this research identified, characterized, and estimated the approximate value of sprinkler system incentives found in communities across the U.S.
- Integration of Residential Sprinklers with Water Supply Systems - The purpose of this research was to develop objective data which characterizes the manner in which residential fire sprinklers are integrated with local water supply systems in communities with a sprinkler ordinance
- Comparative Analysis of Housing Cost and Supply Impacts of Sprinkler Ordinances at the Community Level - purpose of this research was to investigate whether the imposition of sprinkler ordinances within a jurisdiction had a measureable impact on the housing construction or prices in that municipality relative to comparable nearby communities without such an ordinance.
From this section you are also able to view reports from other organizations