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Case studies


The Fire Sprinkler Initiative offers case studies of jurisdictions that have effectively adopted home fire sprinkler requirements or have showcased the value of sprinkler installation.

Members of the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition took part in a video case study created by NFPA that documents how a new community in Greenville, South Carolina, was able to cost-effectively sprinkler its 140 homes for about $1 per sprinklered square foot.

NFPA collaborated with the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the South Shore Habitat for Humanity to sprinkler two new homes in Hanover, Massachusetts. During the September 2014 sprinkler installation, fire service members, sprinkler installers, sprinkler contractors, and others underscored the ease and cost-effectiveness of sprinkler installations in new dwellings while dispelling some popular sprinkler myths. 

Sprinkler Successes in One- and Two-Family Homes and Apartments
This collection of previously published incidents was compiled from NFPA's studies of large-loss fires and the Firewatch column in NFPA Journal. Sprinklers are highly effective, reliable weapons in the fight to save lives and property from fire.

Kenmore, Washington
by Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal, Northshore Fire Department, Washington

Jeff LaFlam 

The adoption of an ordinance requiring the installation of fire sprinklers in homes can be a long and difficult process. The first step in the process is to become extremely knowledgeable about these systems. Developing a network of resources and experts in the field will pay substantial dividends throughout the education and adoption process. Read this case study for steps that are essential to success.

Kenai, Alaska
Terry Bookey, Kenai City Council member
The City of Kenai passed an ordinance that provides a homeowner tax credit for the sprinkler installations. Homeowners who install sprinklers will receive a tax credit up to the total cost of the installation, or two dollars per square foot for the size of their home, not including their garage. Terry Bookey, a member of the Kenai City Council and a former Kenai firefighter, spoke at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago and said that he's seen the ruin caused by home fires. "And I know devastation would be reduced if fire sprinklers were more widespread," he said. Read this case study for insight into Kenai's tax credit program.