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TFD Demonstrates Residential Fire Sprinklers

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

A residential fire sprinkler system isn't something a lot of homes have.

But the Tallahassee Fire Department is trying to change that, by showing what can happen in homes that have one compared to those that don't.

John Gatlin, Tallahassee Fire Dept. Deputy Chief says, "We've done a lot with having smoke detectors in homes, for early warning and allowing people to escape, but we really want people to understand the benefit of having these home sprinklers in that they will reduce damage."

Most skeptics of home sprinklers are worried about false alarms and the flooding that could occur as a result.

But most modern systems greatly reduce that risk, giving a homeowner who has it, peace of mind.

Buddy Dewar from the National Fire Sprinklers Association says,
"I have sprinklers in my home. I've had them in my home for 20 years, and it makes a difference when I go to sleep at night. I sleep with comfort."

That comfort does come with a price, but it's not as high as you would expect.

New homes can have sprinklers installed for about a dollar fifty a square foot. The cost is just slightly higher for existing homes - yet both are still less than some new carpeting or floors.

And this homeowner says the choice to get sprinklers is easier when choosing between cleaning up or losing your home.

Buddy Dewar says, "It's something that I can do in the house. If I have major damage like we witnessed here today, I'm out of the home for months."


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