Most commercial buildings, including office buildings, schools, and factories, use sprinkler systems to protect against dangers associated with building fires. These preventive methods save many lives each year, which makes one wonder why residential homes do not feature these systems as well. Approximately 2,500 people die each year in residential home fires here in the United States. Residential fires are significant dangers to not only those within the home, but those nearby as well. There were a reported 362,100 building fires in residential locations in the year 2010 alone. Smoke alarms are helpful because they warn residents to the danger of fire when present in a home, but these detectors don’t extinguish or contain the fire. For this reason, residential sprinkler systems should be considered by homeowners so that their households are safer.
Just last year, Marietta Patch released a story detailing 11 people being saved because their home in Marietta was equipped with a sprinkler system.
Unfortunately, many people have false perceptions of home sprinkler systems. Home fire sprinklers allow for single sprinklers to activate instead of the entire system. Each room’s sprinkler head responds to the individual room temperatures, which means fire containment is much easier. In the Marietta fire mentioned above, a single sprinkler head in the room that the fire originated contained the fire and no other rooms’ sprinklers were activated. This is also beneficial because water damage is much less extensive when home fire sprinklers are present. Instead of fire and smoke damage throughout a home, these sprinklers are often able to contain fires to one area of a home. No other rooms must encounter water damage from sprinklers or hoses brought in by firefighters.
Many homebuilders believe home fire sprinkler systems to be too expensive to install. Fortunately, this is not the case. The average cost of installing a sprinkler system within a home is $1.61 per square foot. This is equivalent to many upgrades made to homes on a regular basis, so it is very affordable. These sprinkler systems could also provide a higher home value because the safety is so much more advanced than those homes without sprinkler systems. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fire sprinklers decrease civilian lives lost to residential fires by approximately 83 percent.
At Jones & Swanson, we take an active role in the education of Georgians so that fewer lives are lost each year. Prevention is the best method, so consider adding protective devices within your home to prevent catastrophic events. For more information or if you have questions about a Cobb County automobile accident, contact our injury attorneys today. Free consultations are available via telephone at (770) 427-5498 or at our website contact form.