Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NFPA Report -- U.S. Experience With Sprinklers

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a new study on the effects of fire sprinklers in the US.  This report "includes statistics on how often sprinklers are reported in fires, by property use, and their estimated impact in reducing the average loss of life and property per fire; statistics on performance, usage and reliability of sprinklers, as well as leading reasons when systems fail to operate or operate but are ineffective."


Get the report here.  For extensive information on fire sprinklers visit http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/.


Sprinkler Facts:
  • The death rate per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 83%.
  • Direct property damage per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 71%.
    • (compared to properties without automatic extinguishing equipment)
  • Sprinklers operated in 91% of fires in sprinklered properties.
  • Wet pipe sprinklers operated in 92% of these fires vs. 80% for dry pipe sprinklers.
  • 88% of reported fires involved only 1 or 2 sprinklers (wet pipe).
  • 72% involved only 1 or 2 sprinklers (dry pipe).