Many homeowners do not consider installing a fire sprinkler system. Swayed by common misconceptions as well as perceived aesthetic issues, even safety-conscious homeowners sometimes steer away from sprinkler systems. That’s beginning to change, however, as more homeowners learn about the benefits of the systems and as less conspicuous sprinklers become available. In addition, some communities are beginning to mandate the installation of sprinkler systems in new homes.
Many people believe that sprinkler systems will cause more damage to a home than the fire itself, but that is not true. According to the Scottsdale Report, a fire sprinkler system delivers eight to 10 times less water than the hoses used by firefighters to put out the flames, resulting in less water damage to a home. A fire hose dispenses up to 250 gallons of water per minute, while a typical residential sprinkler head will release just 15 to 20 gallons of water per minute. Typically, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate — spraying water directly on the fire. According to industry experts, 90% of fires are contained with just one sprinkler head.
There are other advantages to installing sprinkler systems besides the obvious ones of saving lives and property. Some insurance companies offer discounts for homes with fire sprinkler systems and homeowners may also qualify for a tax rebate. In addition, sprinkler systems can increase the resale value of a home. Today’s prospective homeowners are much more conscious about health and safety issues, and they may be willing to pay a premium for a home with a sprinkler system.
Some important facts to consider regarding sprinkler systems:
• Sprinkler systems can contain and extinguish a fire in less time that it would take for a fire truck to arrive at the scene.
• Home sprinkler systems use a fraction of the water used by fire department hoses and create about 70% less damage to the home.
• Modern sprinkler systems are inconspicuous; many are mounted flush with the wall and ceiling.
• Each sprinkler head is designed to go off when it senses significant heat change.
• Typically, only the closest sprinkler to the fire will activate.
• With a fire sprinkler system, the risk of dying in a fire is cut by about 80%.
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