Value of fire sprinklers
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