the Person Who Owns One
was a fire fighter for twenty years, said the common goal was to
confine a fire to the room of origin. Thats just not
good enough anymore. If we are going to really do our job of saving
people and property, that fire should be out before we get there.
Fire sprinklers are the only way to accomplish that. Chief
Jackson agrees, The real measure of success for a fire department
is the one that has no fires, injuries or deaths. If we could stop
every home fire, not only would we save people, we would have more
resources to handle all the other things we have to do.
has made sprinkler systems much more affordable and easier to install.
Two of the biggest concerns that consumers have about installing
sprinkler systems are accidental discharges and appearance. The
odds of an accidental discharge due to manufacturing defects are
1 in 16 million. Each sprinkler is individually activated by heat,
not smoke. So unlike TV sitcoms, no one will ever have all the sprinklers
in their house go off because someone sneaks a smoke in the bathroom.
The latest residential sprinkler systems are designed to be inconspicuous
and can be flush mounted in walls or ceilings or even behind decorative
coves and molding. In my house we are going to be able to
put the pipes in our closets, so we will hardly have to touch the
walls, states Chief Jackson.