Safety advocates know that fire sprinklers can significantly reduce the risk of death or property loss from a home fire. What might not be as well-known is the data supporting the environmental benefits of this technology in all new homes.
A study conducted by FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition underscored a sprinkler's green qualities. It investigated the types, quantity, and duration of air and water pollutants released from a home fire; the amount of water used by a firefighter's hose and fire sprinklers during a fire; and the environmental impact of burning furnishings and other materials.
The report, "The Environmental Impact of Automatic Fire Sprinklers," concluded that:
- greenhouse gases released by burning buildings can be reduced by 98 percent when automatic fire sprinklers are installed
- automatic fire sprinklers reduce fire damage by up to 97 percent and reduce water usage to fight a home fire by upwards of 90 percent
- fire sprinklers reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment
Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site for more information on this study.
This blog was republished with the permission of the NFPA and was originally published here.