Study: Fire Sprinklers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fire sprinklers reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a fire by 98 percent, according to a study conducted by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and FM Global.

Titled “The Environmental Impact of Automatic Fire Sprinklers,” the report includes data on test burns involving two identical structures. Only one of the structures had a sprinkler system.

Conducted at FM Global’s West Glocester, R.I.-based Research Campus, the study compared the consequences of the two fires and documented virtually every aspect of their environmental impact.

In addition to the dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the findings showed that sprinklers reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment, reduce fire damage by up to 97 percent, and reduce water damage by up to 90 percent.

“These new scientific findings round out the facts we’ve known for decades about home fire sprinklers — that they save lives, prevent injuries and protect property and possessions,” says HFSC Chair Gary Keith. “Now we know with scientific certainty that sprinkler technology also offers valuable environmental benefits.”

For more information on the study, see the video posted below.


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