We all have some form of smoke detection in our homes. Whether it is the standard ionization smoke alarms, or the more accurate dual differentiation alarms like those developed by Crossfire, smoke alarms give us a sense of security in the event of a fire. However, if a fire does occur, these alarms do nothing to actually extinguish the flames. That’s why more and more people are putting a fire sprinkler system into their home.

Automatic fire sprinklers react similar to a smoke detector, by going off once their detection system sense smoke or a rise in heat. Fire sprinkler systems can often react quickly enough to control and even completely extinguish flames before the fire department arrives. While we see these systems in office buildings, hotels and other public establishments, few of us consider them for our own homes.

In the United States, roughly 85% of all fire-related deaths occur in the home. According to an American Housing Survey, only about 4.6% of residential buildings had sprinklers in 2009, most of those in newer builds. One of the largest reasons people don’t think of putting fire sprinklers in their homes is that they don’t realize it is an option. However, more and more people are seeing the life-saving impact these systems can make.

Home fire sprinkler systems activate in the presence of smoke or heat and release water to essential drown out the flames. In most cases, this will help save your property by controlling the fire until the fire department gets there. In some cases, these can completely extinguish the flames. When a fire occurs, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, ensuring the only damaged property is in the immediate area. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly 84% of home fires that occurred in the presence of a sprinkler system only activated one sprinkler.

Installing one of these systems in your home can be relatively costly, averaging at $1.35 per square foot. However, just as Crossfire Alarms emphasizes, you can’t put a price on peace of mind and the safety of your family. Having a smoke detector present cuts your risk of dying by approximately 33%, while a sprinkler system can effectively lower your risk by 80%. In homes with sprinklers installed, property damage is cut by close to 70% when compared to fires without sprinklers.

If fire safety is a concern of yours, home sprinkler systems are a simple, effective way to gain peace of mind and know you will be safer if a fire occurs. Contact your local fire department to learn their thoughts and look into your options to find the right system for you to keep your home and family safe.