Home Fire Sprinkler Week

Integrated Fire SystemsFire & Life Safety Updates

May 19 – 25, 2019

Each year NFPA holds a National Home Fire Sprinkler Week. This is because the majority of fire related deaths in America occur in the home. This week allows NFPA to bring light to this issue and allows people all over the country to talk about the solution.

During the week of May 19th “fire departments, fire sprinkler coalitions, and other home fire sprinkler advocates are urged to join in with local activities”. For a list of events being held around the country, check out NFPA’s map.

Here at IFS we are not holding a physical event for Home Fire Sprinkler Week, but we do hope that this blog post will help educate you on the importance of of fire sprinklers.

Home Fire Facts

NFPA reports that “between 2012-2013 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 355,400 home structure fires each year”. The annual average damage of these fires is:

  • 2,560 civilian fire deaths
  • 11,670 civilian fire injuries
  • $6.5 billion in direct property damage.

NFPA also reports that an average of “seven people die in the US” per day in home fires. According to NFPA the leading causes of home structure fires, injuries, and deaths are:

  • Cooking
    • Fires – 48%
    • Injuries – 45%
    • Deaths – 21%
  • Heating
    • Fires – 15%
    • Injuries – 12%
    • Deaths – 19%
  • Electrical Distribution and Lighting
    • Fires – 10%
    • Injuries – 10%
    • Deaths – 19%
  • Intentional
    • Fires – 8%
    • Injuries – 7%
    • Deaths – 15%
  • Smoking Materials
    • Fires – 5%
    • Injuries – 10%
    • Deaths – 23%
Home Fire Sprinkler Facts

NFPA reports the following safety tips and facts on home fire sprinklers:

  • Home fire sprinklers save lives and property. In many situations, a family who has survived a fire will also have their “home” to live in and enough of the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as they did before.
  • A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium.
  • Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire.
  • Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71%, and water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91%.
  • Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler.
  • A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.
  • Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. A home fire sprinkler system should be winterized the same as you winterize a domestic water supply.

For more information about how fire sprinklers work, check out these previous blog posts:

– The IFS Team