It’s no secret that the sooner a fire receives a good dousing of water, the less likely it will spread throughout a home or business facility. Sprinklers can play a critical fire containment role — they will automatically activate during the early stages to keep a blaze under control until firefighters arrive at the scene. In many cases, sprinklers can even extinguish the flames.
Here are a few sprinkler system facts you might not know:
- Sprinkler systems are proven lifesavers. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there has never been a recorded incident of more than two people being killed in a fire where there was a sprinkler system functioning at maximum capacity.
- They cut down on fire-related injuries. The injury rate in fires where the building has a working sprinkler system is 41 percent lower than in buildings without one.
- They can increase your chances of surviving a fire. The fire fatality rate in homes with a sprinkler system is 81 percent lower than in homes that don’t have one. However, only about seven percent of homes in the U.S. currently contain sprinklers.
- Sprinkle systems can cut down on water damage after a fire. On average, firefighters use more than 3,500 gallons to put out a fire. Sprinkler systems typically use less than 300 gallons, significantly reducing the risk of water damage.
- They can decrease your overall expenses surrounding fires. Fire-related property damage is around 70 percent less in homes with functioning sprinkler systems than in ones without them. Medical costs are 53 percent lower on average.
- Sprinkler systems can save money in the long run. Many homeowners’ and business insurance providers offer premium discounts to building owners that install sprinkler systems. Consequently, sprinklers often pay for themselves in only about four years.
- They’re extremely effective. In 60 percent of situations where sprinkler systems do not activate during a fire, it’s because someone had previously shut the system off.
- They are set off by heat. Despite what many people believe, only the heat generated by a fire will activate sprinklers — smoke will not set the system in motion.
Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. to Learn More About the Sprinkler System Benefits
Titan Alarm can help you choose the ideal sprinkler system for your Phoenix- or Tucson-area home or business. Don’t postpone this potentially lifesaving step any longer — contact us for more information and to schedule a no-obligation consultation today.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.