Since the widespread introduction of home fire sprinklers, a significant amount of statistical data has been collected and analyzed showing their impact in reducing rates per fire of fire deaths and property damage. However, the same fire statistics until recently did not address reductions in rates of fire injuries associated with home fire sprinklers. This project was initiated to develop better estimates of the impact of home sprinklers on fire injury costs, using a more sophisticated approach which explores the impact of sprinklers on fire size, the impact of fire size on burn and other fire related injury, and then assesses the data available on the costs associated with those injuries.
A fact sheet has also been developed that helps to tie the findings of this report in with other research regarding loss and sprinkler impact. The Home Structure Fire Loss in the U.S. and Fire Sprinkler Impact fact sheet is available online as well.