Fire Sprinkler Myths

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Everything You Have Learned About Fire Sprinklers in the Movies is Wrong

Fact: Sprinklers activate independently; only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate.
Fact: Sprinkler mishaps are generally less likely and less severe than home plumbing system problems.
Fact: A sprinkler flows 38-98 liters (10-26 gallons) of water per minute. The property loss in a sprinklered home fire is a small fraction of the typical loss in an unsprinklered home fire.
Fact: The national installation standard provides guidance for proper installation in cold regions.
Fact: In a home fire, you have less than three minutes to escape. The fire department will rarely be able to respond to a fire in your home in less time than that. It takes most fire department 7 – 12 minutes to arrive at the scene of a fire. An uncontrolled fire will grow and spread through the home, causing tremendous smoke and fire damage.
Fact: Smoke alarms are essential in every home. But they can only detect a fire, not control it. Fire sprinklers detect the fire and automatically control it, saving lives and property.