While fire sprinkler systems have been used commercially for over a century, this technology has only been available for single-family homes for about 25 years. Widespread misconceptions about home fire sprinkler systems have prevented most homeowners from installing these systems. Thanks to organizations like the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, U.S. Fire Administration and American Fire Sprinkler Association, consumers and builders are becoming more educated about fire sprinkler protection and voluntarily choosing to install these systems to protect their family's lives and assets.
"Fire sprinklers save lives and protect property, and we are working hard to raise awareness of sprinklers," said Darren Palmieri, product manager at Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products (TFSBP), a world leader in fire protection technology. TFSBP introduced the industry's first branded fire sprinkler system designed specifically for homes in 2006 with its Rapid Response® Home Fire Sprinkler System. "By educating builders about the availability of fire sprinklers and encouraging home builders to install them in new homes, we hope to prevent many unnecessary fire deaths."
With the use of fire sprinklers, the average homeowner can significantly reduce his or her risk of death or serious injury by fire and ultimately save lives. For example:
Fire sprinkler systems work to suppress fires rapidly and effectively. Built around a network of piping filled with water, Rapid Response fire sprinkler systems are always "on call." When a fire breaks out, the surrounding air temperature rises to a certain point, and only the sprinkler closest to the fire activates. The sprinkler then sprays water over the flames, either extinguishing them completely or suppressing heat and toxic smoke until the fire department arrives.
For more information, call 1-877-GET-TYCO (438-8926) or visit www.tyco-rapidresponse.com.