Utah Department of Public Safety

State Fire Marshal - Home Fire Sprinklers

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A fire can double in size every 30 seconds causing everything in a room to burn in as little as three minutes. After you have taken two minutes to escape and call 9-1-1 a metropolitan fire department will probably take only five minutes to arrive. During these seven minutes a fire will be burning outside of the room it started.

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Home fire sprinklers activate individually from the high heat of a fire and spray water onto the fire, usually in less than 90 seconds after the fire started. The fire sprinkler contains the fire while the family is still escaping and provides more time for escape, especially if someone in the home cannot escape without assistance.

Home fire sprinklers are designed specifically to protect the people in the home by giving them at least 10 minutes of cool, clear air to safely escape.

Home fire sprinklers save lives.

Having home fire sprinklers is like having a firefighter in your home 24 hours a day; maybe even better.


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Heat kills. The heat in a room with a fire can kill in less than 3 minutes, even near the floor, when the temperature reaches 390°F.

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When the high heat of a fire reaches about 150°F at the sprinkler, the fire sprinklers sprays water and cools the room. Temperatures, even at eye level, rarely reach 90°F protecting people in the home.

Only one fire sprinkler activates at a time from direct high heat unless a fire is between two sprinklers activating both. All sprinklers do not automatically spray water because one goes off.

Home fire sprinklers save lives.

side by side fresno.jpgWatch a video of a duplex with two similar rooms and two similar fires but two different results because one has home fire sprinklers installed.

Watch a video of a test burn from UL.

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Smoke kills. Smoke from a house fire is full of poisonous gases including carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Smoke from a fire will spread through the house through hallways and open doors. From the time a smoke alarm activates until your exit route is blocked with smoke can be less than 90 seconds.

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By activating when the fire is small and quickly containing the fire, smoke levels are kept dramatically low and poisons are limited to survivable levels. 

Smoke does not activate a fire sprinkler, nor does a sounding smoke alarm.

Home fire sprinklers save lives.


These are photos of two identical dorm rooms with identical fires. The photo on the left had no fire sprinklers. The photo on the right had fire sprinklers.

 

 

C:\Documents and Settings\MCOLBY.FM-4848.002\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\62HTIZ3F\MCj04348160000[1].png Marble Mountain Fire Demonstration Orange County Fire Authority Video

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