Almost every day, we hear of another deadly fire incident happening somewhere. It can be caused by faulty wiring, an unfortunate kitchen accident, an act of nature or simply the result of carelessness. But regardless of what caused it, almost everyone can agree with the fact that house fires are on top of the list of any homeowner’s list of possible nightmare scenarios.
Yet, despite how dangerous house fires are, there’s one thing that could have made such accidents less disastrous. If fire sprinkler systems were present and working.
In the United States alone, about 2,600 people die each year due to home fires. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the use of smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems reduce the risk of death by as much as 82%.
Loss of lives aside, it doesn’t take any kind of research and statistics to say that house fires cause immense damage to properties. But the presence of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems cut down the damage, from an average of $45,000 for homes with no sprinkler systems to $2,166 in those with sprinkler systems, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
Despite the glaring and somewhat obvious evidence of how sprinkler systems can actually save lives, many homeowners still do not believe in having their houses fitted such sprinkler systems. There are those that believe the sprinkler systems can actually cause much more damage than the fire itself, mainly due to the fear of the sprinklers leaking, or worse, all sprinklers going off accidentally and them causing water damage. While such fears are warranted, they’re not exactly true, as all sprinklers are tested during and after installation. Also, not all sprinkler heads go and most of the time, just one sprinkler head is enough to contain fires.
Another likely reason why even the most safety-conscious homeowners shy away from sprinkler systems is because of the perceived aesthetic and financial issues. Both misconceptions are slowly becoming less of an issue as fire sprinkler systems become more available, cheaper, and less conspicuous. Certain communities around the globe also have started to require new homes to be fitted with sprinkler systems, and it’s only a matter of time before sprinklers become mandated in most communities.
Besides the fact that sprinklers save lives, most insurance companies offer generous discounts for homes fitted with fire sprinkler systems and may also allow homeowners to qualify for a tax rebate. The resale and appraisal value of the home goes up because of the sprinkler systems, which is good for those who’re looking to prepare for selling their house someday, or those who simply want to qualify for bigger loans down the line.
With fire sprinkler systems, you not only potentially save your life and that of your family’s but also you end up saving more money in more ways than one. And, when both things are considered, there’s really no reason NOT to have a sprinkler system installed in your lovely home.
This blog was created as a great addition to your real estate newsletter. Please feel free to share these fire safety tips with your current & prospective clients. Don’t have a newsletter? We can help you with that! We offer a fully customized newsletter to get your name out and into the hands of your community. Contact us today to learn what top producers have been doing!