Fire Safety for Kids and Families
Home Sprinkler Systems
While smoke alarms can double your chances of surviving a fire, adding sprinklers and smoke alarms increases your family’s chance of surviving a fire by more than 97 percent. You may never have considered getting sprinklers for your home, yet they are affordable. The Residential Fire Safety Institute says “sprinklers add about 1 percent or less to the cost of a new home. This is about the same cost as upgrading carpeting.” And while carpeting must be replaced eventually, fire sprinklers should last for the life of your house.
Not only do sprinklers save people, they can save property, too. RFSI refers to home fire sprinklers as “instant firefighters” and claims “property damage is nine times lower in sprinklered homes.” Individual sprinkler heads will not release water until heated by fire, meaning only the property in the area of the fire will get wet. In addition, fire sprinklers can increase your property value and lower your insurance rates.
RFSI says residential sprinklers are small—nearly unnoticeable—and most often can be connected to standard home plumbing.
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