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How to give Your Family a Fighting Chance against a Household Fire.

How to Give Your Family a Fighting Chance against a Household Fire

Fire Protection More Affordable and Reliable Today

(ARA) - According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire will claim the lives of nearly 5,000 people per year and injure another 28,000. In addition, the cost of related property damage will exceed $8 billion in any given year.

But there is an effective, proven solution. Current industry reports show that the installation of a home fire sprinkler system can prevent as much as 97 percent of the property damage and loss of life.

One system in particular, the BlazeMasterfire sprinkler system, has been shown to be especially effective. Approved for more applications than any other nonmetallic fire sprinkler system, it performs when it counts most -- under fire conditions.

Why are sprinklers so effective? Mainly because they do not rely on human factors such as a quick, calm response and a familiarity with proper escape procedures. They operate automatically and immediately at the place where the fire begins to help prevent the fast developing blazes of intense heat and smoke which are capable of trapping and killing occupants.

Is there a problem with sprinklers discharging accidentally? Loss records of Factory Mutual Research indicate that the probability of a sprinkler discharging accidentally is one in 16 million. And despite current misconceptions, cigarette smoke will not cause a fire sprinkler system to go off. It is only when the heat of a fire raises the sprinkler temperature to its operating point of approximately 165 degrees that the sprinkler will engage.

Can sprinklers cause more property damage than the fire itself? Automatic fire sprinklers are individually heat-activated and tied into a network of piping with water under pressure. As a result, sprinklers spray water only in the immediate area of the fire -- usually requiring only one sprinkler to extinguish the fire. The amount of water used by a fire department to extinguish a fire in a building without sprinklers is nearly always tens to hundreds of times more than what would be discharged by a home sprinkler system.

What about problems with smoke? As a by-product of fire, smoke causes more fatalities than the fire itself. A minimal amount of smoke is produced as sprinklers extinguish the fire, but the amount is considerably less than what is produced by a fire that is permitted to grow without sprinklers.

Are sprinkler systems ugly? Sprinklers today are often concealed, out of sight until needed. If they are seen, they are available in a range of colors and can be mounted flush with walls and ceilings to blend into the room.

Are sprinklers expensive? For the amount of money it would cost to upgrade your carpeting or cabinets, you could protect your family and possibly your home and its contents from a fire. In new construction, the cost to install a home fire sprinkler system is usually 1 to1.5 percent of the total building cost.

Are all sprinkler systems the same? No, and technology has changed that. BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems, for example, are made from chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), a revolutionary, high-temperature specialty material for use in fire sprinkler pipe and fittings. Lightweight, easy to install, and less expensive than most metallic systems, BlazeMaster CPVC fire sprinkler systems are quickly becoming the product of choice for safety-conscious homeowners and landlords.

To learn more about how a fire sprinkler system can help protect your family, visit www.blazemaster.com or contact your local fire sprinkler contractor.

Courtesy of ARA Content

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