As a tested and proven technology that has saved lives and property from fire damage for over 200 years, the fire sprinkler system has moved from the industrial and commercial factory setting into offices, hotels, restaurants, theaters, and now, personal homes. The first two U.S. states to require fire sprinkler systems in most new residential construction, California and Pennsylvania, are leading what may become a national trend toward fire safety and prevention in all places where people spend time at risk of fire.

Even if it is not required by law or building code where you live, it is worth considering the installation of a sprinkler system when considering new home construction, for minimal cost addition in ratio to the potential for life savings, and the ability to protect the home and its contents from fire, as well as potential insurance savings by investing in a sprinkler system. Unobtrusive and basically maintenance free, you will only know it is there when you need it.

If an electrical fire breaks out from an overloaded circuit, for example, or some other cause sparks a fire, the fire sprinkler will sense the threat and activate immediately. Generally set so that only the nearest sprinklers will activate in event of fire, the system will limit both the spread of fire and loss of property and threat to life that goes with it, as well as limit the amount of water damage by focusing the spray on the area of the fire only.

As the use of fire sprinkler systems has become more common in hotels and theaters, insurance and government agencies have been able to track the life-saving and money-saving potential of a fire suppression system that activates with the heat of a fire, spraying water on the flames within seconds of sensing the heat from the fire. Rest easier, knowing your loved ones and your investment in your home are guarded by a fire sprinkler system.

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