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Greeley, CO 80631
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Public Safety Education - Home Fire Sprinklers

Presented as part of the Greeley Fire Department Public Education and Awareness series.
Home Fire Sprinklers
Home Fire Sprinklers are like having a firefighter on duty in your home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Fire sprinklers have been around for over 100 years and are a proven technology.
Fire sprinklers save lives, property, and money. They are designed to suppress a fire before it can spread into a deadly blaze. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate. Dowload an informational home sprinkler brochure Click to Download

How do Fire Sprinklers work?
Fire Sprinklers are designed to activate at about 160 degrees F. When a fire breaks out in a home, the temperature in the room increases. When the temperature in the room reaches about 160 degrees F the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate. Only sprinkler heads activated by heat will discharge water. The Fire Sprinklers will then control the fire in its early stages, usually before the first 911 call is made.
Once a fire starts, it only takes a few minutes for a room to reach flash over (when intense heat causes everything in the room to ignite at once). By the time someone notices a fire and calls 911, the fire is growing throughout the room. By the time the first fire engines arrive, the room could have already reached flash over, destroying everything in the room. Fire sprinklers would have the fire controlled long before the fire reached flash over.


What Every Homeowner Should Know...
  • Fire sprinklers are a proven technology that have been used in industrial and commercial buildings for over 100 years.
  • Fire sprinklers are designed to suppress a fire in its early stages before it can spread into a large fire.
  • Fire sprinklers cause significantly less fire and water damage than the responding fire department would.
  • Fire breaks out in one of every 10 American homes each year.

Fire Sprinklers Save Lives
  • According to the NFPA, the combined protection of a smoke detector and a fire sprinkler system could reduce the fire death rate per thousand fires by 82%.
  • The USFA reports that, excluding deaths caused by explosion or flash fire, there has been no known occurrence of multiple deaths in a fully sprinklered building.
  • In the years 1952-1980, the U.S. Department of Energy reported no deaths from fire in sprinkler-protected buildings of all types.
  • 70%-80% of all fire deaths and injuries occur in residences.

Fire Sprinklers Save Property
  • In a 10-year study of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, the average fire loss per sprinklered incident was only $1,954, compared to a non-sprinklered loss of $17,067.
  • Fire sprinklers typically only use 10-15 gallons of water per minute to put out a fire; the hose a fire department uses can put out up to 200 gallons of water per minute.
  • Unlike in the movies, only the sprinkler head closest to the fire will activate, controlling the fire before it can spread.
  • Fire sprinklers will control a fire much faster than the responding fire department can, usually before the first 911 call can be made.

Fire Sprinklers Save Money
  • Adding fire sprinklers to your home will decrease insurance cost.
  • Fire sprinklers will only add about 1% to the price of a new home. About the cost of new carpet.
  • The fire and water damage in a home with fire sprinklers is significantly less than a home without fire sprinklers.
  • Fire sprinklers will increase the property value of your home.

for more information please contact:

Division Chief 
Dale Lyman