"One sprinkler head goes off, they all go off. Sprinklers will flood your home."
"Sprinkler systems add unnecessary costs that deter would-be homeowners from making a sale."
Apparently, educational efforts are helping the public distinguish fact from these popular sprinkler myths. Case in point: a new survey released this week by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition confirms that nearly 75 percent of U.S. homeowners are more likely to buy a sprinklered home versus one without. Moreover, nearly 80 percent of survey participants said sprinklers provide the ultimate protection for residents.
The findings, which are the result of an online Harris Poll of more than 1,000 U.S. homeowners, seem to underscore the role education and advocacy has played in increasing the acceptance of sprinkler systems. For instance, three-quarters of respondents were more interested in a sprinklered home after learning that sprinkler heads operate independently of each other and do not all activate during a fire.
"It's certainly encouraging to see that the majority of Americans would rather buy a sprinklered home," says Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and HFSC's president. "We were also reminded of how much awareness work there is to do. Just half of the homeowners recognized the increased fire hazards associated with lightweight construction to residents and firefighters, and only about a third understand how open design increases the danger of a home fire."
Visit HFSC's blog for more details from the survey.