Why are automatic sprinkler systems the best way to mitigate fire loss?

March 9, 2022

by Nils Deacon, Manager, Inspections and Rating Services

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are the most effective element in protecting people and property from the disaster of structural fires. Two statements from NFPA incident reports over the past 6 years are striking examples:

“Fire in a building with a restaurant and apartments required extensive firefighting resources with one firefighter injured. The building worth $5 million suffered an approximate loss of $3 million. The building was not protected by an automatic sprinkler system.”

“Fire started in the restaurant, but was controlled by a single sprinkler head on the wet pipe automatic sprinkler system. Firefighters responded to the monitored water flow alarm within minutes and put out the fire. No one was injured. The building, worth $1 million suffered an approximate $25,000 structural loss.”

DISCLAIMER: This information reflects the interpretation of MSO, Inc. with regard to NFPA Standards and Codes. It does not represent NFPA’s official position on the items discussed.

            Non-sprinklered structure fire                                              Sprinklered partial damage