Home Fire Sprinklers

Get to Know Home Fire Sprinklers

Why Home Fire Sprinklers?

For years you have heard fire departments promote smoke alarms as being necessary to alert your family in the event of a fire in your home. Smoke alarms are necessary, so keep them working. However, smoke alarms only alert you. If there is a fire, the fire keeps burning when the smoke alarm goes off, and you may only have a few seconds to escape.



Without Sprinklers, With Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers actually help control or put out the fire! This gives your family even longer to escape and help firefighters put the fire out.

Home fire sprinklers have been available for more than 30 years. Reports and studies have demonstrated that home fire sprinklers make a big difference in your family’s life and your community.

Each of the following facts come from research about home fire sprinklers, and you can click on the link if you would like more information:

  • When a fire sprinkler system and working smoke alarms are installed, there were 100% fewer fatalities. NIST
  • Damage to your home and belongings from a fire is decreased by about 81% when home fire sprinklers are installed compared to not having fire sprinklers. NFPA 
  • Home fire sprinklers contribute to a better environment. NFPA
  • Home fire sprinklers are cost effective when installed during the construction of a new home. In Ashland, the cost is about $2 per square foot of the size of the home. Angie's List
  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire activates. Rarely, but sometimes two closest to the fire activate when there’s a fire. NFPA
  • Insurance companies provide a discount when home fire sprinklers are installed.
  • Firefighter injuries are greatly reduced and no firefighters have died in home fires where fire sprinklers are installed. NFPA




The video to the left shows a side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration. This shows a comparison of how fire sprinklers work and what happens when there are no fire sprinklers. At the end, you will see the destruction and devastation that occurs from a home fire without sprinklers and the lack of destruction with fire sprinklers. Be sure to watch this in full screen.

In Ashland, fire sprinklers have been installed for about 20 years when the home location is not able to meet fire apparatus access or water supply for firefighting. More than 150 single family homes have fire sprinklers installed. Here's a brochure that shows fires that occurred in Ashland with and without fire sprinklers.

The following websites provide more information about home fire sprinklers:

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