80% of all fire fatalities occur in single family homes. There has never been a fire in the history of the US that has claimed more than one life in single family homes with working sprinkler systems combined with working smoke detectors. 2,895 people died in fires in 2007.

Workplaces are required by law to have sprinkler systems. But not homes. And that’s where the majority of deaths occur.

Why? Home builders oppose it.


photo: Joel Sternfeld

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s