Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, a resource for local consumer reviews on everything from home repair to health care, has written an article titled Living Smart: Home fire sprinkler systems. The article has been picked up by The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee and several other media outlets.
“If you really want to keep your home and the people and property in it as safe as possible from fire, consider a residential sprinkler system,” says Ms. Hicks.
She cites home fire death statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, the cost of home fire sprinklers from the National Fire Protection Research Foundation’s study and she dispels some of the usual myths in the article.
In 2012, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 32 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.
Home structure fires caused 83% of the civilian fire deaths and 78% of the civilian fire injuries.
Sprinklers save lives and property from fire. Compared to properties without automatic extinguishing equipment and specifying wet-pipe sprinklers
The death rate per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 82%.
Direct property damage per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 68%.
Previously, home remodeling guru Bob Vila also weighed in with his own recommendations on residential fire sprinkler systems.
This most recent, well balanced article from such a high-profile person as Angie Hicks is certain to make an impact on consumers and others who read it. Way to go Angie!
See NFPA's report, "Fire Loss in the United States During 2012"