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Tim Travers

 

What homebuilders need to know about home fire sprinklers

NFPA Regional Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers discusses what homebuilders need to know about home fire sprinklers at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit.

Addressing one of the biggest misconceptions, "smoke alarms offer adequate protection from fire in homes," NFPA Regional Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers lauded these devices while underscoring one concern. "Smoke alarm regulations and laws instituted in late 1970s and early '80s have dropped fire deaths dramatically, but we’ve reached a plateau," he says. According to NFPA statistics, 85 percent of all civilian fire deaths are occuring in homes.

This statistic is one of the counterpoints sprinkler advocates can use when combating myths being perpetuated by sprinkler opponents. During his presentation "What the Homebuilding Industry Needs to Know About Home Fire Sprinklers," Travers shared sprinkler and home fire facts with attendees at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in North Carolina. Addressing the other big myth that "newer homes are safer homes," Travers underscored concerns with lightweight construction materials commonly used for homebuilding and its alarming reaction under fire.

Travers also mentioned "trade-ups" for homebuilders that install sprinklers in new dwellings, including increased hydrant spacing and the creation of additional units.

 Download Travers' summit presentation.