If you take preventative steps such as regularly changing your smoke detector batteries, prohibiting smoking indoors and ensuring that any old wiring is replaced, you're already doing a good job to decrease the likelihood of a fire in your home. What might not have considered, however, is that fire sprinkler systems aren't solely for commercial buildings. Although the majority of American households do not use fire sprinkler systems, the popularity of such systems is increasing -- 3.9 percent of houses had such systems in 2007, and by 2009, that number had increased to 4.6 percent. Here are three valuable benefits to having a fire sprinkler system installed in your home.
A Sprinkler System Will Save Your Property
While your smoke detector plays a valuable role in alerting you to a fire in your home, you still have to wait for your local fire department to arrive and attempt to put out the blaze. During this time, the flames can spread quickly and destroy significant parts of your home and property in mere minutes. A fire sprinkler system starts fighting the fire right away and can actually reduce the property loss caused by the fire by as much as 70 percent, on average.
A Sprinkler System Is Better For The Environment
If you're concerned about the state of the environment, you might be interested to know that a fire sprinkler system is an environmentally friendly addition to your home. During a house fire, firefighters can use several thousand gallons of water putting out the fire with trucks and hoses. When your home has a fire sprinkler system installed, it will use significantly less water to get the job done. A National Fire Protection Association study revealed that the average house fire requires more than 3,500 gallons of water to put out. When the home has a sprinkler system, however, this number drops dramatically to an average of 280 gallons.
A Sprinkler System Dramatically Increases Your Family's Chance Of Survival
A fire that spreads quickly can trap you and your family inside the home and result in devastating consequences. When you have a fire sprinkler system in the home, its quick response time can often quell the fire enough to allow you to escape to safety. While a working smoke detector reduces your risk of dying in a fire by about half, a sprinkler system reduces this likelihood by approximately 80 percent.
For more information, contact Nor Cal Fire Protection or a similar company.