Residential Fire Sprinklers

By Robert Robillard on Home And Personal Safety

Fire Sprinklers in Residential Construction

Smoke detectors help alert you to smoke and fire and may save your life, but not always.  Residential fire  sprinklers put the fire out or seriously control or delay it ~ which saves lives and property.

In 2009, there were 356,200 residential fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 2,480 deaths, 12,600 civilian injuries and $7.3 billion in property damage (according to the United States Fire Administration, an entity of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency).

There are many myths about fire sprinklers. Here are the facts:

Life-Saving System:

  • In 2010, states and local jurisdictions around the country adopted residential fire sprinkler requirements to protect families and first responders from the devastating effects of home fires.
  • California, Pennsylvania, Maryland and South Carolina have all adopted statewide residential fire sprinkler requirements. An increasing number of cities – such as Henderson, Nev., many Chicago suburbs and jurisdictions throughout the Mid-Atlantic – have adopted requirements, as well.
  • Most states and many local jurisdictions will update their building codes over the next several years, and residential fire sprinkler requirements will be considered by each. As current requirements and markets have time to mature, residential fire sprinkler requirements will prove their value to public safety – and homeowners. As the evidence continues to grow, so too will the call for residential fire sprinklers.

Position you as a leader with home buyers.

  • By taking a leadership position on fire sprinklers, you can distinguish yourself from competitors and earn home-buyers’ trust.

Great Investment: 

  • There is no better investment in your customers and their new home that protects their lives and property.

Easy to install.

  • Qualified professional installers can install a complete sprinkler system in an average new home in less than two days.

Cost Effective:

  • According to a National Fire Protection Association study released in 2014, the national average cost of installing a residential fire sprinkler system is $1.35 per square foot.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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