How a sprinkler system can save your life during a house fire

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– We’ve got your back on keeping safe at home in case of a fire. It’s National Fire Prevention Week and Tuesday West Haven firefighters and students team up to show just how fast a fire can spread.

The West Haven fire marshal is trying to educate people about the importance of fire sprinklers in the home. As part of an educational program, Tuesday there will be a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration. At West Haven High School, students built the model display homes. One has fire sprinklers. Both will be put to the test.

Firefighters want to show people how quickly fire spreads in today’s new homes and how quickly home fire sprinklers can extinguish fires. Fire Marshal, Keith Flood says he wants future builders to understand the need for fire sprinklers in homes.

“With a smoke detector alone you have a fifty percent chance of surviving a house fire. With a smoke detector and a sprinkler system you have an 80 percent chance. So there’s a big difference in there of getting out of a home alive with a sprinkler system versus just a smoke alarm,” said Flood.

Flood says fire sprinklers react quickly, he says sprinklers can dramatically reduce the heat, flames and smoke produced in a fire. Flood says people should take advantage of life saving technology. He wants sprinklers to be required in every new construction.

Every home can have fire sprinklers installed. And if you’re buying a home and it’s being built from the ground up, ask the builder about installing a sprinkler system inside your home.

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