Sprinklers inside a home under construction were put to the test earlier this month during a fire inside a three-story home under construction in Petaluma, California. Per a report of the incident in The Press Democrat, the fire initiated in a first-floor room being used by construction workers. The sprinklers--so new, they had a dust covering over them--immediately activated.
The sprinklers were also credited with aiding firefighter efforts, since the devices kept the blaze under control until the team extinguished it 20 minutes after their arrival. "Under different circumstances, it could have been a much larger fire," Rancho Adobe Fire Battalion Chief Mike Weihman told The Press Democrat.
Whether or not sprinklers are a requirement in your state or region, disseminating information on these devices to your local media is an important task. Download a free document produced by the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition underscoring tips on speaking sprinklers to the media, as exemplified in this sprinkler save. (The document can be found under "Coalition Resources.")