Yesterday, we responded to a fire in a kitchen. Some kids in the home had decided to cook french fries and were heating the cooking oil. At some point, the pan was left unattended and a fire started. As a side note, cooking related fires are the number one cause of fires here in the County as well as across the country.
Read a part of the report to understand: Fire extinguished by residential sprinkler prior to arrival of Fire Department. Held E722 and RS722 to remove light smoke. No injuries, $2500 in loss.
Not only do home fire sprinklers dramatically reduce the risk of home fire deaths, they also decrease fire damage by as much as two-thirds when compared to homes without sprinklers.* It is like having fire fighters living inside your home (see video above from Fresno, CA Fire Department)!
Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82% relative to having neither – a savings of thousands of lives a year (from NFPA).
While all new homes in the County are required to have this vital life safety tool installed, the vast majority of Montgomery County homes do not have sprinklers protecting them. There is a program in the County that will allow you a one time tax credit of up to 50% of your county property tax on dwellings when you retro-fit your home with fire sprinklers.
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