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The Threat: 400,000 fires each year kill almost 3000 and injure more than 14,000Where: AnywhereWhen: Most common in winter months

More Americans die in house fires every year than in all natural disasters combined. When in doubt, escape the building, but if you judge that you can safely mount a fire-extinguisher battle, there are two rules you need to know. Rule one: Stay 6 feet from the flames so you don’t torch the rest of your house by air-blasting a nascent fire across the room. Rule two: People often forget rule one and make things worse, so keep your escape route to your back when you pull the trigger.

More than 50 percent of fatal house fires occur between 11 pm and 7 am (peak hours for all fires are 5 pm to 8 pm), so practice two ways out of every room at night. And make sure at least one of them does not rely on a stairwell, which can easily become a deadly vortex of gas, smoke, heat and flame. “Homes are the only occupancy in the country allowed by code to have an open staircase,” says house-fire expert John Norman, a retired chief for the Fire Department of New York. “We call them chimneys. They serve as channels for fire as it moves upwards.” Finally, it may sound basic, but picking an outside rendezvous point is critical, so you can discover quickly who’s made it out of the house and who hasn’t.

Read more: How to Prepare for House Fire – Survive a House Fire – Popular Mechanics

 

 

Every fire sprinkler systems needs to be routinely inspected and tested to ensure that they will always be ready when needed. To make sure your fire sprinkler system will always protect your building and employees during a fire emergency.

AWR Fire Protection provides fire sprinkler system inspections and 5 year certifications.

During a fire sprinkler system inspection, the most important things to check for are valve seizures, sensor malfunctions, broken seals, leakage as these areas are the ones most likely to cause big problems if they are not working properly.

In addition to quarterly inspections, fire sprinkler systems should be tested and tagged annually. During a fire sprinkler system test, physical checks are performed on all the parts of your fire sprinkler system. These checks include water flow tests, fire pump tests, alarm tests and trip tests of dry pipe, deluge and pre-action valves.

Did your latest routine fire sprinkler system inspection reveal one or more problems with your fire sprinkler system? AWR Fire Protection can help. We can perform all the necessary fire sprinkler system services and repairs to maintain your system’s optimal performance.

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.

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