A Guide for Local Officials

A Growing Trend Nationwide

Home fire sprinkler systems are being installed in thousands of one- and two-family homes each year in communities throughout the country. This trend is the result of communities passing ordinances, developers taking advantage of trade-ups and homeowners requesting sprinklers as an option.

More Than 3,000 Lives Lost Every Year

The fire problem in the United States is overwhelmingly a home fire problem: more than 80% of all fire deaths in 2009 occurred in the home. Any improvements in overall fire safety must be improvements in home fire safety, and no strategy has as much documented life safety effectiveness as installed fire sprinklers.

Homes Burn, Whether New Or Old

Few fatal home fires involve installed features of homes; they usually involve occupant actions and errors in combination with the vulnerabilities of products brought into the home. Expanded use of synthetic material along with other modern contents and furnishings provide a powerful fuel source.

Fire Sprinklers Make Up for Human Error

Fire sprinklers provide a level of protection that no other fire safety technology can offer. By responding to a fire while it is still small, sprinklers control the spread of deadly heat, flames and toxic smoke.

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HFSC Board of Directors

HFSC education programs are supported in part by Fire Prevention & Safety Grant funding awarded as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFC) under the purview of the Grant Programs Directorate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency.