The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) is crediting a single sprinkler head for suppressing a grease fire Thursday in a local apartment unit in Times Square at Craig Ranch, resulting in minimal damage while reinforcing the value of residential fire sprinkler systems. No injuries were reported from the fire.
“This successful sprinkler save demonstrates the effectiveness of automatic fire sprinkler systems in a multi-family apartment complex. Had a sprinkler system not been present, the outcome may have been very different,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Andrew Barr.
While fire sprinklers are required in all apartments and townhomes in McKinney, as well as any commercial structure of 6,000 square feet or more, most people don’t consider installing automatic fire suppression systems in private residences. For a small investment, often less than cabinet upgrades or new carpeting, these life- and property-saving systems can be installed.
There are common misconceptions about the operation and reliability of these systems.
“Many people believe that every sprinkler in the building goes off in case of a fire. This is a myth. In residences with sprinklers, 90 percent of fires are contained by the activation of just one sprinkler flowing 10-26 gallons of water per minute. In a building without sprinklers, by the time the fire department arrives, the fire has likely grown to dangerous levels requiring the use of multiple lines of fire hose, flowing water at 125 gallons per minute from each hose. In addition to damage from flames and smoke, the building is likely to sustain damage from water over a larger area, and is much more likely to endanger lives,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Andrew Barr.
The MFD encourages individuals building a new home or renovating an existing residence or other property to consider the installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems. For additional information on fire protection systems, code requirements, or other fire prevention topics, visit www.mckinneyfire.org or call 972-547-2879.