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Residential SprinklersAccording to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), in 2003 3,925 people were killed and 18,125 injured as a result of fire, one of the highest death rates in the industrialized world.  An estimated $12.3 billion in damage resulted from fire.  In fact, fires have killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined.  A large number of these victims are children under 10 and senior citizens older than 70 years old.  The typical fire death occurs at night from smoke inhalation or inability to escape.

The City of Scottsdale, AZ implemented a mandatory residential fire sprinkler ordinance in all new home construction on January 1, 1986.  A 15-year study of the efficacy of the program was completed by Rural Metro Corporation.  No fire related deaths were reported in sprinklered homes over the 15 year period and the average fire loss in sprinklered homes versus non-sprinklered homes was thousands of dollars less.  Scottsdale credits the sprinklers for saving up to 52 lives since the ordinance was passed (National Fire Sprinkler Association, Inc.). View the Power Point presentation of the report.