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Home Fire Sprinklers

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Home Fire Sprinklers Systems
  • Increase the chance of surviving a fire by over 97%​, when combined with the recommended number of smoke alarms.
  • Control residential fires 90% of the time with just one sprinkler head activating.
  • Control fires with approximately 1/10 of the water used in typical firefighting efforts.
  • Reduce average property loss by 74% per fire.
  • Usually give you a 5-15% homeowners insurance savings.
Do residential fire sprinkler systems really save lives?
Yes. The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) compared sprinklered and non-sprinklered homes over a period of time and concluded houses equipped with smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system experienced 100% fewer civilian fatalities, 57% fewer civilian injuries, and 32% less direct property losses and indirect costs resulting from fire than homes equipped only with smoke alarms.
The national average for new construction is $1.35 per square foot of living area. The Medford average for new construction is $1.49 per square foot of living area. Here are some other facts:
  • The cost works out to be about 1 to 1.5% of total building cost
  • The cost is about the same as upgrading carpet.
  • Amortized over 30 years, the cost is approximately $5-10 per month.
  • Installing a multipurpose plumbing/fire sprinklers system decreases the cost
Aren't Smoke Alarms Enough?
While functioning smoke alarms do save lives, they may not be enough to prevent tragedy. Consider the following statistics:
  • 40% of fire deaths were in homes with working smoke alarms.
  • Smoke alarms are missing in 2/3 of deadly residential fires.
  • In a study completed in 2006, only 58 percent of a test group of children ages 6-12 awakened when a standard smoke alarm sounded; only 38 percent of the test group successfully evacuated.
Download the brochure The Case for Residential Fire Sprinklers  HERE
Additional Department Information

Fire and Life Safety Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Fire & Life Safety Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Battalion Chief - Fire Marshal Chase Browning
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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