Fact or Fiction
MYTH: Fire sprinklers could ruin my house if they go off accidentally.
The chances that a sprinkler will accidentally discharge due to a manufacturing defect are extremely rare; 1 in 16 million. Overall, sprinkler accidents are generally less likely and less severe than accidents involving home plumbing systems.
MYTH: When a fire occurs every sprinkler in the house will activate.
By design, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate. Contrary to movie scenes, all the sprinklers in a sprinkler system do not activate at once. When a fire sprinkler system activates, only the sprinkler that is closest to the fire goes off-and in 90% of the cases, one sprinkler is enough to suppress the fire.
MYTH: A little fire or smoke damage is better than have my whole house ruined by water damage if the sprinklers go off.
A residential fire sprinkler uses only 10-25 gallons of water per minute and operates early in a fire. A hose used by firefighters flows about ten times that amount, 125-250 gallons a minute.
MYTH: Small things like burning a piece of toast could trigger my sprinkler system and ruin my home.
Fire sprinklers are only activated by extremely high temperatures, not by smoke. Only a threatening fire can generate enough heat to operate a sprinkler. Burning toast and smoking cigars will not trigger a fire sprinkler.
MYTH: Fire sprinklers won't look nice in my beautiful home.
Actually, most fire sprinklers are so small and unobtrusive, that you won't notice them unless you are looking for them. Tyco's Rapid Response sprinklers come in a wide range of colors and styles, ensuring that they will blend aesthetically with any home décor.
MYTH: Fire sprinklers are expensive.
The cost of installing a fire sprinkler system is roughly 1% to 1.5% of the total cost of building the home. For less than the cost of other popular new home upgrades, a potentially life-saving sprinkler system can offer peace-of-mind and protect your family for many years to come. Plus, you can enjoy discounts of up to 15% on your homeowner's insurance premium.