News release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
By: Jessica Cochrane, Intern
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
Along with National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) week, this week, May 19 – 25, is also National Home Fire Sprinkler Week!
This week brings up the question: Why should you install fire sprinklers in your home? The risk of dying in a fire in your home decreases by 80 percent when fire sprinklers are installed. The amount of time it takes to escape a modern house when on fire is three to five minutes. With the installation of fire sprinklers, you will have more time to escape. (Watch the video below to learn more about the timeline of a home fire).
The best time to get fire sprinklers is when you are building a new home. All existing homes should be able to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers although some are easier than others. Please keep in mind this is not a DIY project. To get fire sprinklers installed in your home, contact a certified fire sprinkler contractor. Learn more about Retrofitting a Home With Fire Sprinklers.