Have you ever considered how long it might take for firefighters to arrive to your home in the case of a house fire? Fires spread quickly, as a result, killing more than 2,500 people each year. But there is something you can do to help keep your family safe before firefighters ever arrive.
Home fire sprinklers. While it is not a popular option, only about 5% of homes have them installed, it is gaining momentum. Home sprinklers are a great choice because they can control and extinguish a fire faster than the time it takes for the fire department to arrive. According to the National Fire Protection Associate, the risk of perishing in a house fire decreases by 80% when there are sprinklers installed and working. Keep reading to learn about what you need to know about home fire sprinklers and click here to read the full article.
“Home fire sprinklers are one of the best ways to protect you and your family in the event of a blaze,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy for the NFPA. But “people don’t know about them. As more folks are educated about the life-saving value, we are seeing more homes including them.”
If you think you’d like your home to be one of them, read on for what you need to know.
How much do fire sprinklers cost?
The best and cheapest time to install a fire sprinkler system is when you’re building a new home or doing a major renovation. That’s when walls and ceilings are still open, and it’s easy to add the water supply and install the sprinklers. According to CostHelper, installing fire sprinklers then costs $1.61 per square foot, or $3,542 for a 2,200-square-foot home.
Installation becomes dicey and pricey when you retrofit an entire house with sprinklers. That’s when you’ll have to cut holes in walls and ceilings, run pipes, then patch and paint the walls again, which ranges from $2,000 to $16,000 depending on the size of your house and if/how long a community has had sprinkler ordinances in place. The longer a community requires sprinklers, the more competition grows and lowers prices.