NIST gives home fire sprinklers an 'A'

SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, December 1, 2007

WASHINGTON--The National Institute of Standards has released its "Benefit Cost Analysis of Residential Fire Sprinklers" and found that for new single-family home construction, the benefits of a home fire sprinkler system outweighs the costs.
For benefits, the study cited: reduced risk of fatalies and injuries, reduced homeowner insurance premiums, and reduced property losses.
Steve Muncie, president of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, lauded the study, but noted that the study only looked at one type of multi-purpose home sprinkler. "There are several different types of multi-purpose sprinklers and certain types work better in certain situations, depending on water pressure and a number of other factors," he said.
"I'm glad they did what the did, I only wish they'd looked at different types of sprinklers," Muncie said.