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5 Myths About Home Fire Sprinklers

5 Myths About Home Fire Sprinklers
December 12, 2012 A residential fire occurs every 87 seconds, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). That means that a fire has occurred in a U.S. home by the time you finish reading this blog post.

However, home fire sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Meanwhile, installing both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system reduces the risk of death in a home fire by 82 percent, relative to having neither.

Although fire sprinklers can prevent significant property damage, there are some common misconceptions about them. Get the truth about five common myths related to fire sprinklers courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and USFA. Afterwards, watch a USFA video below on the benefits of fire sprinklers.

5 Myths About Home Fire Sprinklers
1.When one sprinkler goes off, all the sprinklers activate.

Not true. The sprinkler heads react to temperatures in each room individually, allowing only the sprinkler closest to the fire to activate. In fact, 90 percent of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.

2.A sprinkler could accidentally go off, causing severe water damage to a home.

Records show that the likelihood of this occurring is very remote. In addition, home sprinklers will be specifically designed and will be rigorously tested to minimize such accidents.

3.Water damage from a sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage.

Way off base! The sprinkler system will limit a fire’s growth. Therefore, damage from a home sprinkler system will be much less severe than the smoke and fire damage if the fire had gone on unabated or even the water damage caused by water from firefighting hose lines.

4.Home sprinkler systems are expensive.

This is not the case. Current estimates suggest that when a home is under construction, a home sprinkler system could cost 1%-1 1/2% of the total building price.

5.Residential sprinklers are ugly.

The traditional, commercial-type sprinklers as well as sprinklers for home use are now being designed to fit in with most any decor.