According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2008 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in home structure fires. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1.5 million fires in 2008. These fires caused:
- 3,320 civilian fire deaths
- 16,705 civilian fire injuries
- $15.5 billion in direct property loss. This figure includes the 2008 California wildfires with an estimated loss of $1.4 billion.
The goal of sprinklers is not to suppress fire, but to control it and give a family valuable time to escape. A common misconception about sprinklers is that when one activates they all activate. This is simply not true. Sprinklers are activated by heat, not by smoke or smoke alarms. In most cases fire is controlled by a single fire sprinkler head, which prevents it from spreading to other areas of the home.
If you'd like to learn more about residential fire sprinklers please give Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King a call at (615) 550-6752 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.