Since the State of Maryland follows the 2015 International Residential Code, all new one and two family homes must be built with residential sprinkler systems. While this has caused fire officials and building developers to butt heads, Hagerstown Fire Chief Steve Lohr argues that cost is not a problem.
“I would argue from a fire protection standpoint that, typically, a homeowner would spend more on a carpet or linoleum upgrade than they would the total cost it would be to add a sprinkler system during construction.”
While installing a sprinkler system in your new home is an added cost to the endeavor, it is a cost that will keep you and your family safe. In 2014 alone about 80 percent of fire deaths occurred in one and two family homes, reminding us just how importance fire prevention and safety are. Whether you are asleep upstairs or at work, a sprinkler system can put out the fire quickly, preventing flames from spreading and causing harm before you can even call for help.
Not only can sprinklers prevent the extensive damage that can occur before the fire department arrives, but they also cause less water damage than a fire hose does. While a sprinkler system discharges from 12 to 24 gallons of water per minute, fire hoses discharge up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute at a much higher pressure. So while the area that was in flames will get wet, the rest of your home will remain relatively untouched, saving you time and money down the road.
There are plenty of great reasons to have a fire sprinkler system installed and here at Rich Fire Protection we are thrilled that Maryland has decided to make them a necessary addition to all new homes. If you are interested in having a sprinkler system installed in your home or business, request a quote online or contact us by phone at 609-641-7776.