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Important Fire Sprinkler Statistics You Should Know

Posted on: August 29, 2013

Reports from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show there are still many facilities throughout the United States without fire sprinklers installed. If you’ve kept up with our blog at all, you know that at Confires, we believe every building should take the appropriate steps to stay protected from fires—that’s why we work so hard to provide fire sprinkler installation, fire extinguisher sales, and a whole range of other fire protection services.

Some of the recent fire sprinkler stats that have come out are particularly distressing:

Structure Fires in Sprinklered Buildings

It’s important to remember before we get into this list that fire sprinklers won’t prevent fires—what they DO do is extinguish the fire quickly and safely,  potentially saving your whole building in the process.

Of the structure fires reported between 2007 and 2011, the following percentages had fire sprinklers present. Those industries that have numbers in the range above the 50 percentile have a better chance of preserving lives in the case of a fire. Those industries with lower percentages of fire sprinklers present often have more reported fatalities.

  • 63 percent of high-rise office buildings
  • 57 percent of health care facilities
  • 53 percent of dormitories and barracks
  • 53 percent of prisons and jails
  • 52 percent of hotels and motels
  • 47 percent of high-rise apartment buildings
  • 48 percent of manufacturing properties
  • 36 percent of educational properties
  • 24 percent of stores & offices
  • 23 percent of assembly properties

Where does your industry fall on the list? No matter what type of property you own, a working fire sprinkler system is vital to the well-being of you, your employees, and your business. Fire sprinklers will engage once the temperature of the flames reaches a certain point—far sooner than the fire will have a chance to do major damage. If you manage a building in New Jersey, Delaware, or Philadelphia, in any industry and need fire sprinkler installation, call Confires today!

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