Value of fire sprin­klers

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

On July 3, the state fire mar­shal con­ducted a side-by-side burn demon­stra­tion. This was de­signed to com­pare the ef­fects of fire in a sprin­kled room vs. non­sprin­kled room. The re­sults were as­tound­ing.

In a lit­tle more than eight min­utes, the non­sprin­kled room was fully en­gulfed in fire. In the sprin­kled room, the fire burned for just 43 sec­onds be­fore be­ing ex­tin­guished by the sprin­klers. I over­heard a woman in the au­di­ence say, “I never would have be­lieved it if I hadn’t seen it.”

I sin­cerely hope when Leg­is­la­ture is back in ses­sion in Jan­uary, it will con­sider giv­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties the power to de­cide whether re­quir­ing sprin­klers in new con­struc­tion of sin­gle-fam­ily homes is ap­pro­pri­ate.

The Austin Fire Depart­ment is grate­ful to the fire mar­shal’s of­fice for con­duct­ing this most im­por­tant demon­stra­tion and let­ting res­i­dents see for them­selves just how valu­able sprin­klers in their homes could be.

Rhoda Mae KeRR Chief, austin Fire depart­ment


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