The New Jersey Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition is a cooperative partnership advocating installation and proper care of fire sprinkler systems as a highly effective means of helping save lives and property. The Coalition is comprised of local leaders, firemen, contractors, businesses and unionized personnel representing fire sprinkler construction, production, education, distribution and installation.
The facts about fire sprinklers in New Jersey*
- According to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety in 2009, 71 civilians lost their lives as a result of fires with 77 percent of those fatalities occurring in residential properties, a place where people should feel the safest.
- The residential fire sprinkler requirement in New Jersey received overwhelming editorial support from The Star-Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer.
- According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, nationally, the cost to install residential fire sprinklers in a new home is $1.61 per-square-foot. This is approximately one percent of the value of the home, according to a FEMA benefit-cost analysis on residential fire sprinklers. When the cost is spread over a 30-year mortgage, it comes down to less than the price of a cup of coffee per week.
- In 2009, the cost to install fire sprinklers in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, was $1.49 per-square-foot, according to John Waters, Chief Fire Marshal and Director of Safety and Codes Enforcement for Upper Merion Township.
- According to the U.S. Census data, nationally, the average size of a newly constructed single family home is 2,343 square feet. Using the national cost figure to install residential fire sprinklers, it would cost $3,772.23 to install residential fire sprinklers in this home.
- The cost to install residential fire sprinklers is well below the cost to install upgraded cabinets in the kitchen. According to Costhelper.com, upgraded kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere between $8,000-$10,000 for a 10 by 12 foot kitchen. Upgraded kitchen cabinets are one of the high-profit updates that builders typically promote to homeowners.
* from the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition website.