Asheville Fire Department: sprinkler systems save homes and lives

October is Fire Prevention Month, but the Asheville Fire Department already has an important message about the difference a sprinkler system can make in reducing fire damage.

From the AFD FireLine page:

On September 24, 2012 the Asheville Fire Department was dispatched to 9091 Verde Vista Cr. in response to a reported structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from unit 5117 and also reported that the sprinkler system had been activated. Evacuation of nearby units was conducted but due to the activated sprinkler system the fire was confined to unit 5117 only and to the washing machine itself. AFD crews did not have to extinguish the fire because the quick activation of the sprinkler system was able to suppress the fire completely. Statistics show that the installation of both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system reduces the risk of death in a home fire by 82%.

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