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Residential Fire Sprinklers. International Residential Code Change for 2011 Provides fire safety sprinklers in 1 & 2 Family Dwelling. Cost factor. New construction only commencing 1-1-2011 Costs vary by area but estimate is less than$1.00 per square foot-new construction. History of Success.

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Residential fire sprinklers

Residential Fire Sprinklers

International Residential Code Change for 2011

Provides fire safety sprinklers in 1 & 2 Family Dwelling


Cost factor

Cost factor

New construction only commencing 1-1-2011

Costs vary by area but estimate is less than$1.00 per square foot-new construction


History of success

History of Success

  • Scottsdale Arizona over 40K homes for the last 20 years

  • Prince Georges County Maryland

  • Save lives nationwide

  • Save firefighter’s lives

  • Offset risk of premature building collapse from lightweight construction

  • Reduce property loss caused by fires


Myths versus facts

Myths versus Facts

  • Myth: Home fire sprinklers will make houses unaffordable

  • Fact:Cheaper than carpet upgrade, paving a stone driveway, or a whirlpool bath


Myth versus fact

Myth versus Fact

  • Myth: Home sprinklers often leak or activate accidentally

  • Fact:Elaborate plumbing system that where installed properly and maintained will create very low risk of leaks. History shows us for the last 50 years, the risk is very remote for leaks


Myth versus fact1

Myth versus Fact

  • Myth: When a fire occurs, every sprinkler head will activate

  • Fact: In the event of a fire, only the sprinkler head over the fire will activate with less water damage than a fire hose delivering 5 times the amount of water.


Myth versus fact2

Myth versus Fact

Myth:A smoke alarm provides enough protection

Fact: Smoke alarms only alert occupants, but do nothing to extinguish the fire


Fire and life safety initiatives

Fire and Life Safety Initiatives

Market the life safety feature of residential fire sprinklers


Fire and life safety initiatives1

Fire and Life Safety Initiatives

  • Use fire data to sell your point e.g. 3,000 people plus die in residential fires per year

  • Fires losses are in the tens of billions

  • Insurance premiums can be reduced

  • Use local data on saves versus losses


Fire and life safety coalition

Fire and Life Safety Coalition

  • Successes:

    • Smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors

    • Fire safe cigarette

    • Ban on novelty lighter sales to juveniles

    • Can residential sprinklers be next?

    • It is another battle in our effort to win a war on life safety


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