For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018

Contact: Ben Powell at 919-807-6017

Home fire sprinklers put out fires, save lives

Home Fire Sprinkler Day to take place during the Got to Be N.C. Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds

RALEIGH -- With the concern of the rapidly rising rate of fire fatalities in North Carolina, the Department of Insurance, which houses the Office of State Fire Marshal and Safe Kids NC along with the NC Fire Sprinkler Coalition will demonstrate how home fire sprinklers can save lives, are better for the environment, and help keep firefighters safe.

On Saturday, May 19th at the Got to Be N.C. Festival held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, NCDOI and OSFM will host Home Fire Sprinkler Day and set on fire two rooms – the first, with sprinklers. The other, without. The live burn event scheduled for noon near the grandstands area at the N.C. State Fairgrounds is designed to raise awareness of the growing dangers of home fires and the life-saving benefits of installing fire sprinklers in new homes.

“Today’s new houses are built with lightweight construction, open designs and are filled with synthetic furnishings,” said Commissioner Causey who also serves as the State Fire Marshal. “When these homes burn, they fail fast, and that environment places firefighters at risk from fire as well as toxins that lead to disease. Sprinklers can put out that fire and save lives before most departments are even dispatched,” Causey added.

This national side-by-side live burn/sprinkler event is initiated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC).

Home Fire Sprinkler Day is an opportunity for North Carolina residents to learn about the lifesaving technology of fire sprinklers.

Facts about home fire sprinklers

For more information about home fire sprinklers and fire safety, visit the OSFM website.