Hi and welcome back, I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year breaks, just continuing the theme of home fire sprinklers did you know that in a new national Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), 74% of U.S. homeowners said they would be more likely to buy a home with fire sprinklers than one without. A sprinklered house has more value and fire sprinklers provide the ultimate protection for residents.

This 2014 data demonstrates several areas of improved awareness of sprinkler life safety benefits and underscores the importance of ongoing education to overcome common myths and misconceptions about residential sprinklers.

But we are also reminded of how much awareness work there still is to do. For example, just half the homeowners recognise the increased fire hazards associated with lightweight residential construction to residents and fire-fighters, and only about a third understand how open design increases the danger of a home fire.”

The common myth that all the sprinklers spray water at once when a fire breaks out is a roadblock to homeowner interest. But once homeowners are told that sprinklers operate independently and that just one sprinkler is typically needed to control a fire, approximately three-quarters become more interested in a sprinklered home. Interest is also boosted once they learn that smoke alone cannot set off a fire sprinkler system. When told the facts, the number of homeowners who felt sprinklers were an essential or important item for their home grew by 27 per cent.

……….. ‘Til the next time Greg