Home Fire Sprinkler Day is May 19 and fire sprinkler advocates from around North America are planning events to help spread the word about this life-saving technology. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition in this effort to help educate everyone about home fire sprinklers. We encourage your fire department to host an event or share information in your community to promote their use.
The NFPA has made it easy for you to participate. It has a list of suggested activities your department can sponsor, along with resources to help you with your event or to get the word out in your community. Some of the activities include:
- A side-by-side live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration.
- A fire department open house featuring sprinkler information.
- A media walk-through of a sprinklered home in your community.
- Advocate for a local “Home Fire Sprinkler Day” proclamation.
- Use social media to increase awareness among local legislators. #HomeFireSprinklerDay
Information on the NFPA’s website can help you with all of these ideas and more!
Why take action to recognize Home Fire Sprinkler Day?
Fire sprinklers protect your community
Eighty percent of fire deaths occur in homes. Fire sprinklers are the best defense against serious smoke inhalation and burn injuries if a fire occurs inside a home. They act quickly to direct water at or near the origin of the fire when it is still in its early stages.
Furnishings and other products inside our homes are extremely toxic during a fire. In as few as three minutes, the toxic gases and carbon monoxide released can quickly incapacitate people and pets. Depending on the type and amount of combustibles located near the origin of the fire, a flashover may develop within three to five minutes.
In most cases, a single fire sprinkler controls and stops the growth of the flames, allowing residents the needed time to escape. This fast action also helps to protect property from being destroyed by fire.
Fire sprinklers protect firefighters
Sprinklers protect residents and property, but they protect firefighters, too! They reduce the heat, flame and smoke from a fire, making the risk to you much less.
Participate in Home Fire Sprinkler Day!
Take action on May 19 to raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers and break down the myths and legislative barriers to their use.
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Use the USFA’s home fire sprinkler social media toolkit to spread the good word about home fire sprinklers on your social channels. The toolkit includes key messages, a public domain photo, hashtags, and these cards for Twitter and Facebook.