Maryland, one of two states with statewide sprinkler requirements (California is the other), has seen a 20-percent decrease in fire fatalities in 2014 over last year. That's a decline from 55 fire deaths in 2013 to 44 this year.
"Maryland's fire service is cautiously optimistic with this year's data," said State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci in a news release. "Everyone must remain vigilant in their fire prevention efforts to continue this trend. An estimated 80 percent of all structure fires in Maryland occur in what most assume to be the safest places--our homes."
The state has participated in a number of smoke alarm donation programs this year, and is apparently seeing successes from deciding to enact sprinkler requirements in all of Maryland's counties. Geraci's office reports that there hasn't been a single fire fatality in any of the state's sprinklered homes.
Highlighting these sprinkler successes during NFPA's recent Home Fire Sprinkler Summit was Larry Iseminger, Jr., chief fire protection engineer at the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. In Prince George's County, for example, there are more than 60,000 sprinklered homes. Four hundred fires have occurred in these homes since a sprinkler ordinance took effect, but no lives have been lost from fire.