What To Do While Away (a residential problem)

Peters Township, Pennsylvania requires residential sprinkler systems in certain types residences called “Patio Homes.” Some of the people who live in these types of homes and communities winter in Florida and do not maintain adequate heat in the home to prevent the system from freezing.  The town council has been considering ways to help residents prevent their fire sprinkler systems from freezing up.  One of which is to deactivate and drain the system.

In an effort to assist the property owners, council presented a draft ordinance that would permit property owners to disconnect the sprinklers if the residents were to be out of town a month or more.

I tend to agree that this is a viable option since residential systems are designed more for the purpose of slowing a fire down to allow the residents more time to evacuate.  In other words, fire sprinkler systems in homes are designed more for the protection of life than property.  If no one is around shut the system down and spare property owners the expense and hassle of converting to antifreeze.  [The Almanac]

Galesburg, Illinois Fire Department Hosts Sprinkler Demonstrations

The Galesburg, Illinois Fire Department is hosting events (link to article) this weekend that will demonstrate the effectiveness of  fire sprinklers.  If you have never seen a demonstration like this, I highly recommend it.  If you are in the Galesburg, Illinois area go by and see this fascinating demonstration.  The demonstration times that are left this weekend are at the Galesburg “Great Balloon Race” today from five to eight, and Menards Sunday at noon.

There are also videos found here, here and here that will display the difference between a room protected with fire sprinklers versus a room that isn’t.

Making Strides in Residential Sprinklers

Lots of good information from the Fire Sprinkler Initiative this month in regard to residential fire sprinklers.

California has been requiring residential sprinklers in one and two family dwellings since 2011.  At a recent event, fire sprinkler representatives demonstrated how the industry is striving for ways to make the systems more aesthetically pleasing if not invisible.

… the look and reliability of sprinkler heads will make them a viable option for more and more homeowners across the U.S., said Grady Smith, a sprinkler rep at the PCBC conference. “The latest versions of sprinklers are more aesthetically pleasing and can be installed in more places inside your home. It comes in any color so it’s almost invisible on the wall.”

Interesting article on the cost of installation for home fire sprinklers.

If you would like to join a coalition to help promote home fires sprinklers in your state click here to help spread the word through your social media and networking sites.