According to the New Castle County Volunteer Firefighters Association and others, New Castle County needs a residential sprinkler system in place.
Their position is that residential sprinkler systems save lives and protect property, in accordance with their mission statement. They also contend that residential sprinklers installed in new "light-weight construction single family homes provide additional life-safety protection for residents and fire fighters. Engineered wood floors collapse quickly in a fire--in as little as six minutes sometimes.
The increased use of plastics and petroleum products in houses has made fires burn much faster ad hotter today than in years past.
Moreover, residential sprinklers extinguish and may control fires when at first they occur. This saves lives and reduces fire damage to the house.
Residential sprinklers, they say, activate one at a time and not all at once, discharging about 16 gallons per minute (gpm) compared to a fire hose's 15 gpm. Residential sprinklers are rated at 16 gpm, while residential fire hoses are rated at 180 gpm.
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