Sprinklers not common in homes

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, December 1, 2003

QUINCY, Mass. - Despite the fact that more than 90 percent of homeowners view home fire sprinkler systems as an effective fire prevention tool, only slightly more than half of homeowners in the United States are aware that the devices could be installed in the home, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association.

Respondents to the survey indicated that 64 percent would consider installing a sprinkler system if they were building a new home. Of the 32 percent who said they would not consider the addition of sprinklers, 43 percent said it was due to the price, 21 percent said they were afraid of water damage from an accidental release and 13 percent said an alarm system was adequate.

“Slowly, people are beginning to realize that sprinklers are an accessible, cost effective option for their families,” said Gary Keith, chair of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a group co-founded by the NFPA, the American Fire Sprinkler Association and the National Fire Sprinkler Association. “As more people become educated about sprinklers, we anticipate that they will eventually be a commonplace feature in most homes.”