How Safe Would Your Home Be in the Event of a Fire?


Home fire sprinklers can contain and may even extinquish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene. Nationwide, nearly 3,000 people die in fires each year.*

The Fire Sprinkler Time e-newsletter focuses on the important safety role of fire sprinklers in homes.

Brookstone Homes was the first Wisconsin builder to offer fire sprinklers as an option in all of their homes. Download article here

Fire Sprinkler Facts

Fires kill more people in the United States every year than all natural disasters combined.

83% of all fire deaths occur in the home.* The single most effective way to prevent fire-related deaths is the installation of residential fire sprinklers. Combined with smoke alarms, they cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 82% compared to having neither.

Fire sprinklers can save money for developers, builders, home owners, and communities.

Through the use of trade-ups, developers and builders can achieve reduced construction costs while providing higher value homes for their customers. In the event of a home fire, homeowners can expect financial losses 90% lower than those that occur from fires in unsprinklered homes. Communities can deploy emergency services resources more effectively by reducing the burden caused by home fires.

Fire sprinklers provide high-value personal security for your new homes.

Home buyers have never been as aware of security and safety as they are now. New home builders must offer buyers a new level of value to compete successfully. Fire sprinklers are an economic way to increase the desirability of new homes and enhance the builder’s reputation for quality construction.

Only the fire sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.

Each fire sprinkler is individually activated by heat. Despite “sight gags” on TV sit-coms or in the movies, smoke does not trigger fire sprinkler operation. The rest of the fire sprinklers in a house will not activate unless there is also a fire in that location. Ninety percent of all home fires are contained with a single fire sprinkler.

Fire hoses, on average, use more than 8-1/2 times the water that fire sprinklers do to contain a fire.

According to the Scottsdale Report, a 15-year study of fire sprinkler effectiveness, a fire sprinkler uses, on average, 341 gallons of water to control a fire. Firefighters, on average, use 2,935 gallons. Reduced water damage is a major source of savings for homeowners.

The odds of accidental activation are 1 in 16 million.

Sprinkler mishaps are generally less likely and less severe than accidents involving home plumbing systems.

Modern fire sprinklers provide unobtrusive protection.

Unlike commercial fire sprinklers, residential fire sprinklers are small, and can be recessed into ceilings or walls. Some models are completely concealed by plates that can be matched to a room’s paint color.

* “Fire Loss in the United States During 2012,” National Fire Protection Association, September 2013.