In 2010 the California Builidng Standards Commission ruled that all newly constructed buildings must be constructed with fire sprinkler systems. This new code went into effect in 2011 and umbrellas to individuals who already own a home but are planning to remodel or add structures to their property.
Those individuals who already own a home that was constructed before 2011 might be thinking how lucky they that the new Code does not effect them. Although you’re not required to get these systems, there are several reasons why you should consider it.
According to a report(1) done by the National Fire Protection Association:
- Fire deaths are 81% less likely in homes with fire sprinklers
- Injury rates in firefighters responding to home fires is 80% less in home with suppression systems.
- Fires in homes with sprinklers are 97% more likely to keep room structures.
- Death rate in home fires is 90% less with sprinklers compared to the 18% less in homes equity with battery powered alarms.
These numbers are huge. When homeowners consider the cost of installing systems (an average cost of $2,000- $7,500 depending on the size of the home), they often overlook what they are really paying for. Homeowner’s Insurnace does cover damages from home fires, but there are certainly things that simply cannot be replaced.