A home improvement website recently placed fire sprinklers in the limelight, calling out seven advantages of having them installed in homes. According to their post, sprinklers are:
1. Affordable. The national average is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, or a mere one percent of a home's total construction cost.
2. Small. Today's fire sprinkler are inconspicuous and not the eyesores sprinkler opponents make them out to be.
3. Easily installed. Sprinkler installers won't break their backs incorporating piping and sprinkler heads in new homes.
4. Use minimal amounts of water. Compare the water needed to fight a fire with a fire hose versus the water from sprinklers, and the difference is night and day. A study by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and FM Global proves this point.
5. Use affordable piping. Plastic piping used with home fire sprinklers has its benefits, including lower costs than metal piping.
6. Activate closest to fire. Ninety percent of the time, only one sprinkler head will activate during a fire. All heads in the home do not activate simultaneously during fire.
7. Provide adequate protection against the horrors of fire. A home with working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers gives you the opportunity to sleep soundly at night, knowing you have the utmost in fire protection in your home.
If you need more assurance on the necessity of fire sprinklers, watch this video of Anne Mazzola, one of NFPA's Faces of Fire who experienced a sprinkler save in her home: