In My Backyard

Fire sprinkler save right here in KCMO.  It still drives me crazy when they mention water damage as a result.  Water damage from a fire sprinkler is no where near water damage from a hose stream.

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Sprinkler Save

When debate goes on about residential “requirments” a story from Tahoe Daily Tribune in Lake Tahoe, California reinforces why home fire sprinkler systems can be crucial.

A fire in the garage of a three-story, custom Skyline Drive home that was ignited by stain-soaked rags was extinguished by a single sprinkler head with minimal water damage to the structure. And the incident serves example of value of installing fire sprinklers, officials said.

Firefighters from the Lake Valley Fire Protection District were called to the Skyline Drive home last Thursday at 10:15 p.m. for a report of a fire alarm. They found an extinguished fire in the garage. A single automatic sprinkler head mounted in the ceiling had activated and completely extinguished the blaze.”

Sprinkler Save Times Fifty

Sprinkler TreeSince early 1985 the Pleasantview, Illinois Fire Protection District has been tracking [link to article] sprinkler saves in a unique way. With the help of a local sprinkler contractor they’ve built what they call a “sprinkler tree” that is displayed outside of the fire protection bureau’s office (pictured: Fire Marshal Dan Tholotowsky (front) and Deputy Fire Marshal Art D’Andrea (back) of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District (IL) and Rich Ray (center) of Cybor Fire Protection. [PRNewsFoto/Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board]). The tree includes the fire sprinkler that saved the property, photo plaques of the buildings and a short description of the fire.

The celebrated 50th addition to the sprinkler tree occurred at Best-Way Refinishing in Hodgkins. Sprinklers controlled a fire that began in paint spray booth filters during process work.”

Good Stuff! [prnewswire.com]

Sprinkler Saves 08-01-07

A few sprinkler saves to report.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports a save at a Sandestin area hotel. The article explains that there were no injuries, and damages were held to $1,500.00.

On the other side of the State in Daytona Beach, Florida two apartment workers rescued a man from his apartment as a sprinkler kept the fire in check. The article reports that the workers were able to get the man, suffering from diabetic shock, out of his apartment and fully extinguish the blaze with fire extinguishers. [orlandosentinel.com]

The ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WPDE Channel 15) goes into great detail to report a sprinkler save in the trash collection room of a North Myrtle Beach resort Hotel.

And finally from Springfield, Massachusetts. Even though the Fire Department reports that fire sprinklers “complicated their efforts” (because you’re not supposed to put, “water on burning metal”) I’ll count this as a save. I have a feeling things could’ve been much worse had there been no sprinklers. [The Republican; masslive.com]