NEW! Reaffirmation of Home Fire Sprinkler Green Research
In 2010 FM Global partnered with HFSC to conduct full-scale fire tests comparing the environmental impact of sprinklered and non-sprinklered home fires. In 2021 FM Global reaffirmed this groundbreaking work showing that in a home fire with installed sprinklers:
- Greenhouse gas emissions were cut by 97.8%
- Water usage was reduced between 50% and 91%
- Fewer persistent pollutants, such as heavy metals, were found in sprinkler wastewater versus fire hose water
- The high pH level and pollutant load of non-sprinkler wastewater are an environmental concern
In its new Environmental Impact of Residential Fires Review, FM Global estimates since 2010:
- 1,800,215,826 lb (816,564,163 kg) of greenhouse gases have been emitted into the atmosphere due to the lack of home fire sprinklers.
- Installed home fire sprinklers would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 97% to 54,006,475 lb (24,496,925 kg).