Installing home fire sprinklers is one of the most effective ways to protect your family and your home from fire. Similar to the sprinkler systems you may have seen in commercial buildings, home fire sprinklers are designed to quickly and safely extinguish a fire. Explore this page to learn some basic facts about home fire sprinklers, how they work and how they can fit into the interior design of your home! ​


Home fire sprinklers save lives, property and resources. Due to the materials they are manufactured from, modern buildings and furniture burn hotter and faster than ever before. Installing home sprinklers can extinguish a fire in less time that we can arrive. Here are some other important facts about home fire sprinklers: 

  • Smoke alarms cannot cause sprinklers to active - neither can smoke, cooking vapors or steam. 

  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate to extinguish the fire; 90% of fires are contained by one sprinkler

    • Check out this video to see a side by side​ comparison of a fire with and without home fire sprinklers!  

  • Home fire sprinklers can reduce the amount of water used to extinguish a home fire drastically, in some cases using 91% less water than used by the fire department. 

  • Home fire sprinklers are often eligible for homeowners insurance discounts; in addition home fire sprinklers can reduce the cost of damage by hundreds of thousands of dollars should a fire occur.


While home fire sprinklers may seem complicated, they are actually built from very simple technology, in fact, some fire sprinklers can operate off of the water lines already installed in your home! 

The sprinkler is just a plug holding back water in a pipe (similar to the other water pipes in your home). Heat from a fire causes a either a glass tube to break or a solder plug to melt, which releases water onto the fire. Despite what you may have seen in movies, one sprinkler head activation does not cause all of them to activate. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire activates, the remaining sprinklers will not activate unless the temperature in the room exceeds the threshold of the sprinkler head (which is often a range between 135 - 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

For more information and videos, please visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's page.


  • Home fire sprinklers don't have to be an eyesore! Concealed sprinkler heads are available and can even be paint matched by the manufacturer to compliment your home's decor. 

  • Home fire sprinklers will not freeze or burst in the winter when installed properly and the systems require very little maintenance.

  • While fire sprinklers operate from simple technology, they must be installed by a certified sprinkler contractor.

  • The best time to install fire sprinklers is during construction, however most homes can be retrofitted.


Download this brochure to learn more how home fire sprinklers can benefit you and your family. 

Review this sheet on myths vs. facts about home fire sprinklers.



Information provided by the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, in conjunction with the US Fire Administration’s Fire Is Everyone’s Fight initiative.