Fire Experts: Sprinkler systems save lives

(Cuyahoga County) - The North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association is calling on businesses and homeowners to install sprinkler systems to save lives and property.

To show how effective sprinklers can be, the organization staged a dramatic demonstration. With the assistance of the Valley View Fire Department, firefighters ignited two fully furnished 8’ x 8’ rooms, at the Pipefitters Local 120 Training Center in Valley View.

One room contained a fire sprinkler and the other did not. While the sprinkler dowsed the blaze within seconds. The room without the sprinkler smoldered for a long time and was fully engulfed after 5 minutes, which is about the time it would take firefighters to arrive.

John Desmarteau (De-mar-toe), Assistant Chief for the Middleburg fire Department says the live fire demonstration was designed to show the critical value of fire sprinklers to contain fire in their early incipient stages to save lives, protect property, and protect our communities.

Desmarteau tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, about 3,600 Americans die in structure fires each year, and sprinklers could cut that number in half.

Currently, the Federal Government is providing up to a 100% tax incentive to install fire sprinklers in commercial structures. Homeowners could see reductions in their insurance premiums with the installation of a sprinkler system.

Firefighters from the North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association in conjunction with Pipefitters Local 120, the Mechanical Contractors Association, and numerous fire sprinkler contractors hosted a day long fire sprinkler seminar for 125 local fire safety inspectors.

Fire safety inspectors from across North Eastern Ohio refined and updated their knowledge on these critical life safety systems with industry experts leading the seminars.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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