It seems like every other week the headlines scream about another fire in the Community. News videos show an Ambulance leaving the scene while a reporter gravely comments on the condition of the person inside. Or, if the family was lucky enough to get out alive the camera pans their faces and captures the devastation as they watch as the life they built goes up in flames.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Fire service professionals across Canada and the US have been working to increase awareness of sprinklers in residential buildings including single family homes. Research has proven that residential sprinklers can stop fire, smoke and heat early and prevent thousands of dollars of damage. Most importantly, they will save lives.
Myths and Facts
MYTH: When a sprinkler system activates, all the heads activate at the same time.
FACT: Residential sprinkler heads are set off once a certain temperature is reached. Usually only those in the immediate area of the fire will activate as the temperature in the other rooms will not rise. This is generally enough to put out the fire before it gets any bigger.
MYTH: Residential sprinkler systems are very expensive.
FACT: The cost of a residential sprinkler system would add approximately 1%-1.5% to a new home. About the cost of a carpet upgrade.
MYTH: Residential sprinkler systems cause a lot of water damage.
FACT: A residential sprinkler head will use approximately 25 gpm of water and will usually put the fire out in it's incipient stage (before it has had a chance to grow). A firefighting hose will use approximately 250 gpm of water to put out a fire that has grown much larger in the 5-10 minutes it takes for the Fire Department to arrive on the scene.
MYTH: My insurance rates will go up because of potential for water damage.
FACT: Your home insurance rates will lower with residential sprinklers. Be sure to shop around as rates may vary by company.