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USFA position on residential fire sprinklers

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has promoted research, development, testing and demonstrations of residential fire sprinklers for more than 30 years. The research has indisputably demonstrated that residential fire sprinklers can:

  • Save the lives of building occupants.
  • Save the lives of firefighters called to respond to a home fire.
  • Significantly reduce the risk of premature building collapse to firefighters by lightweight construction components when they are involved in a fire.
  • Substantially reduce property loss caused by a fire.

The time has come to use this affordable, simple and effective technology to save lives and property where it matters most — in our homes.

It is the position of the USFA that all citizens should be protected against death, injury and property loss resulting from fire in their homes. All homes should be equipped with both smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, and all families should have and practice an emergency escape plan. The USFA fully supports all efforts to reduce the tragic toll of fire losses in this nation, including the current International Residential Code that requires residential fire sprinklers in all new residential construction.