How can you and your family benefit from fire protection services? Check out the sources here to find out why it’s so important to get protection.

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare — a house fire, caused by faulty wiring, a kitchen accident, an act of nature or simple carelessness. When most homeowners think of house fires, they probably first consider the resulting property damage, and the numbers are staggering. Fires in single- and two-family homes caused $6.1 billion in property loss, according to data compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

But more sobering is the loss of life that often results from house fires. Every year, more than 2,300 people perish due to fires in their homes. If residential fire sprinkler systems had been installed in those houses, property damage could have been greatly reduced, and lives could have been saved. The videos displayed below showcase the importance of why getting fire protection could save not only your life, but also your family and your property. 

Jim Pauley, the president of the National Fire Protection Association, gives an overview of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, an effort to increase the installation of home fire sprinklers via the adoption of sprinkler requirements for new construction. Pauley outlines the home fire problems in North America and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's online resources that assist sprinkler advocates looking to demonstrate the need for residential sprinklers. 

NFPA Conference & Expo attendees got a tour of Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois. During the tour, UL conducted a live fire test in its large-scale fire test and research facility. This particular test involved three rows of rack storage loaded with palettes and cardboard boxes full of paper cups. This video was edited down because smoke completely obscures the fire after several minutes.

Home Fire Sprinklers protect you, your family and property. A house fire can become deadly in two minutes. One reason is that most of the content in our homes like carpet, furniture, and electronics have synthetic materials that heat up fast in a home fire. Smoke then spreads rapidly throughout the home. Would two minutes be enough time for you and your family to escape?