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25 Most Vital Fire Protection Facts in 2017

Posted on: August 26, 2017

Fire protection standards evolve every year as new technologies arise and science gets smarter. It is vital to stay up-to-date with the latest equipment and knowledge so that your business in Wilmington, DE; Trenton, NJ; and the surrounding areas is well-protected.

Is your building adequately outfitted to fight fires in 2017? These vital fire protection facts may open your eyes.

  1. The death rate from fires in homes with functioning sprinkler systems is 81 percent lower than homes without sprinklers.
  2. The National Fire Protection Association has no record of more than two people being killed in a fire when the building had a comprehensive sprinkler system operating at 100% capacity.
  3. The civilian injury rate from fires is 41 percent lower in buildings with sprinkler systems.
  4. Medical costs for civilians injured in fires are 53 percent lower when sprinklers are present.
  5. When a sprinkler head is activated by a fire, the system operates correctly and is effective at dousing the flames 88 percent of the time.
  6. Smoke doesn’t set off fire sprinklers—only the high heat of a fire will.
  7. In three out of five cases when sprinklers fail to operate, the failure occurs because the system has been shut off.
  8. Only seven percent of US homes have sprinkler systems.
  9. The average property loss from fires in homes with sprinkler systems is about 70 percent lower than homes with no sprinklers present.
  10. Fire sprinklers can often control or even fully extinguish fires in less time than it takes for the fire department to arrive.
  11. In 84 percent of home fires where the sprinkler system operates, only one sprinkler activates.
  12. Firefighters use an average of 3,524 gallons of water to fight home fires. Fire sprinklers put out fires with an average of 280 gallons.
  13. The cost to install a sprinkler system is about $1.35 per square foot.
  14. Sprinkler systems often pay for themselves in just four years thanks to insurance savings.
  15. Three out of every five home fire deaths occur where there is no working smoke alarm.
  16. Nearly 900 lives could be saved annually if every home in America had a working smoke alarm.
  17. The death rate in homes without working smoke alarms is twice as high as homes with these fire protection devices.
  18. Missing or disconnected batteries account for 54 percent of smoke alarm failures.
  19. Only seven percent of smoke alarm failure is caused by hardwired power source problems.
  20. 44 percent of all dry and wet chemical fire suppression system failures are due to lack of maintenance.
  21. Clean agent fire suppression systems can often extinguish fires in under 10 seconds.
  22. The manufacture of new Halon blends has been banned since 1998.
  23. The process of evacuating some of the world’s largest high-rise buildings takes upward of two hours.
  24. Healthcare facilities, schools, and other types of buildings are required to host fire drills and scheduled evacuation practices.
  25. It is never appropriate to use the elevator during a fire or similar building emergency.

If these eye-opening fire protection facts make you realize your building is lacking in some areas, Confires can get you up-to-date in 2017. We serve business owners in New Jersey and Delaware with quality, affordable fire protection services.

To learn more about our fire protection services, please contact us online or by phone at 888-228-0917 today!

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