Why does Independence Fire go into the office every day? 

 

Why are we committed to building solid relationships and providing the best service?   To save lives and property.  It’s that simple and that important. That is why we work. Consider these facts*:

 

• Deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury (Runyan 2004) and on average in the United States (in 2010), someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes (Karter 2011).

 

• About 85% of all U.S. fire deaths in 2009 occurred in homes

(Karter 2011).

 

• In 2010, fire departments responded to 384,000 home fires in the United States, which claimed the lives of 2,640 people (not including firefighters) and injured another 13,350, not including firefighters (Karter 2011).

 

• Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases, not from burns. (Hall 2001).

 

• Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths (Ahrens 2011).

 

• Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires (Ahrens 2011).

 

Your risk of dying in a home fire is cut by 80% when sprinklers are present. NFPA President Jim Shannon explains why fire sprinklers are a critical in saving lives and property from fire:

 

http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/Resources/Videos.aspx

 

Why Sprinklers?

Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about sprinklers that make business and home owners reluctant to install sprinkler systems.  Consider these facts**:

 

• It is extremely rare for sprinklers to operate accidentally. 

 

• Cigar smoke and burned toast cannot cause a sprinkler to operate. Only the high temperature that results from a fire will activate the sprinkler.

 

• All installed sprinklers do not activate at once. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire activates. Ninety percent of the time, one sprinkler contains the fire.

 

• The risk of dying decreases by about 80% when sprinklers are present.

 

• People in homes and businesses with sprinklers are protected against significant property loss—sprinklers reduce the average property loss by about 71% per fire.

 

• Model safety codes now require the use of home fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.

 

• Sprinkler systems respond quickly to reduce the heat, flames, and smoke from a fire, giving people valuable time to get to safety.

 

It’s simple:

WHEN SPRINKLERS ARE PRESENT, THEY SAVE LIVES.

 

*CDC   ** National Fire Protection Association

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