Does the benefit outweigh the risk?
There are myths and misconceptions about water sprinkler systems causing more harm than good. (Photo Credits)
While a lot of homeowners acknowledge the fact that fire sprinkler systems help a lot in ensuring the safety of a household, the risk of it causing water damage still weighs on in their minds.
But what is the truth behind fire sprinkler systems doing more than harm than good?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA was quick to belie the misconceptions about the huge risk of water damage in homes where sprinkler systems are installed. Check over here
“Only sprinkler heads that are in an area of high heat are activated. Typically, only one or two heads activate during a fire. Sprinkler heads are activated only by heat, not by smoke… According to the U.S. Fire Administration, only 1 in 16 million sprinkler heads activates accidentally.”
Read more sprinkler facts here.
The website New York Engineers also claimed that fire sprinklers help a lot in lowering the damages and the risk of death in a structure where automated fire sprinkler systems have been installed.
“Automatic sprinkler systems are among the most reliable fire protection measures available for building interiors, and that is a key reason why Local Law 26 of 2004 makes them mandatory in many NYC buildings. Property owners are often skeptical about fire sprinkler installation, due to the perception that they cause widespread water damage when they activate. However, this is a misconception propagated by TV series and movies.”
Take a look at the whole article here.
Faster than firefighters
The National Fire Protection Association meantime continues its campaign encouraging households to install automated fire sprinkler systems amid fears it may cause water damage. In their Fire Sprinkler Initiative Blog, they emphasize that the benefits of an automated fire sprinkler system far outweighs the perceived risks of water damage.
“NFPA also assists sprinkler coalitions in convincing the public and their decision makers that sprinklers are needed in homes, where people have the greatest risk of dying from fire. These resources are complemented by NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog that disseminate news underscoring the home fire problem and tactics for successful advocacy and sprinkler code adoption. Home fire sprinklers are a crucial, life-saving technology, since sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying from home fires by 80 percent and can reduce the risk of property loss by 70 percent.”
Read their blog here.
Automated fire sprinkler systems are indeed a must-have in every household.