West Haven Fire Demonstration Stresses Sprinklers & Furnishings

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire officials converge in West Haven to demonstrate how fast and furious flames can spread without sprinklers installed in a home.

It took a room 1 minute, 20 seconds for the flames to get out of control. Minutes later, West Haven Fire sparks up a separate room with sprinklers. Firefighters say the spraying water controls flames and could save lives.

“85% of the people who die in fires in the United States today are being killed in their own home,” said Fire Sprinkler Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association Tim Travers.

The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition says sprinklers reduce fire deaths by 80 percent. The price tag for them is on average $1.35 per sq. foot.

“This is a viable option for residents in Connecticut to save lives,” said Fire Marshal for West Haven Keith Flood.

Firefighters say it’s not just about Sprinklers, but also thinking about what kind of materials you’re putting in your home.

“They’re going to burn a lot quicker than the products we had years ago,” said Flood.

“The smoke is very, very deadly now. Years ago, furniture was made out of natural fiber, like cotton, and those things did not become deadly quite as quick as petroleum based products that we see are prevalent in homes today,” said Travers.

Plus, firefighters say the new lightweight construction is more dangerous.

“Truss roofs which are connected by a piece of metal and once one of those fails the roof can collapse & when we have firefighters in there that’s a problem,” said Flood.

Time Lapse Video Without Sprinklers:

Time Lapse Video With Sprinklers:

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