• The Facts

    • From time to time “do-it-yourself” articles or kits appear that encourage consumers to install their own automatic fire sprinkler systems.
    • The American Fire Sprinkler Association STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the installation of fire sprinkler systems by people who have not been trained in the proper installation of fire sprinklers.
    • Fire sprinklers should always be installed in accordance with standards of the National Fire Protection Association using approved and/or listed materials. Fire sprinklers protect lives and property.
    • To ensure proper design and operation, always seek a trained and competent contractor.
  • If you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present.

    Fire sprinklers fit most any decor and can be very unobtrusive. Newer fire sprinkler models can be mounted flush with walls or ceilings, or concealed behind decorative covers.

  • Automatic fire sprinklers have been in use in the U.S. since 1874.

  • Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages – before they can cause severe injury to people and damage to property.

  • When one fire sprinkler head goes off to fight a fire the entire sprinkler system does NOT activate. Sprinklers react to temperatures in individual rooms.

  • The chances of a fire sprinkler accidentally going off are extremely remote.

  • Installation of fire sprinklers can provide discounts on insurance premiums.

  • The installation of fire sprinklers in new residential construction is estimated to make up around 1% of the total building cost. (Similar to the cost of new carpet)

  • Fire sprinklers provide valuable time to escape a fire. The National Fire Academy (NFA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the U.S. Fire Administration (UFSA) all recommend fire sprinkler systems for new residential construction.

  • Senior citizens and children under the age of 5 have the greatest risk of fire death. Sprinklers protect these most vulnerable populations who may not have the physical or cognitive ability to escape a burning building.

  • A single sprinkler controls a home fire 90 percent of the time, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), saving a majority of a home’s possessions.

  • A Harris International Interactive poll showed almost two-thirds of U.S. homeowners believe a sprinkler system increases a home’s value.

  • Fire sprinklers immediately respond to a fire while it is still small, controlling the spread of deadly heat, flames and toxic smoke.