NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative produces informative webinars underscoring the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homes.
Fred Durso, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's communications manager, discusses effective tactics for advocating for home fire sprinklers in your community.
Peg Paul with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition discusses the challenges home fire sprinkler advocates face and how to counter them. The following are answers to some of the questions discussed during the webinar:
Q: Are links available that list designers and contractors who have experience with installing home fire sprinklers?
A: First, try these databases by the National Fire Sprinkler Association and American Fire Sprinkler Association. If you need additional assistance, contact NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
Q: Why is it important to stay within the provisions of NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, and not overdo it?
A: Design and installation should comply with the standard. Requiring more or less than what is in the standard may result in unintended consequences, most likely increased cost. For more information, read the white paper "Limit Local Amendments to Residential Sprinkler Requirements."
Q: How many gallons of water are used to put out a fire in a sprinklered home versus a nonsprinklered home?
A: A home fire sprinkler sprays only 13 to 18 gallons of water per minute and is designed to operate early in a fire to control it. The hoses used by firefighters flow 10 times that amount, or 250 gallons per minute.
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