Fire Officials Demonstrate Benefits of Sprinkler Systems

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Credit: Nathan France

Room without sprinkler, left, and room with sprinkler, right.

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Various fire agencies put on sprinkler demonstration Wednesday as part of a fire safety conference to show how significant having a sprinkler system in a home can be.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department, Indiana Safety Educators, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and Current Mechanical all set up two different rooms--one with a sprinkler system and one without.

Then both rooms were set a blaze to show how sprinkler systems can be a matter of life and death.

"The non-sprinkle room went in to a flash over stage within a minute in a half, which is well over a stage that will kill somebody that is in that house," Capt. Dave Meadows of the Fort Wayne Fire Department says. "The sprinkle room was extinguished within the first 20 seconds. Home residential sprinklers are phenomenal they will save your life."

The fire safety conference is a two-day event being held at the Ivy Tech South Campus: Public Safety Academy.




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