In a new national Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), 74 percent of U.S. homeowners said they would be more likely to buy a home with fire sprinklers than one without. Seven in 10 said a sprinklered house has more value and nearly 8 in 10 (78 percent) said fire sprinklers provide the ultimate protection for residents.
New home construction across the country incorporates this feature, but homeowners of lived-in properties are also interested in a sprinklered home. Nearly 70 percent had their interest boosted when they learned smoke cannot set off a fire sprinkler. Additionally, nearly half say they have more confidence in homebuilders who offer sprinklers than those who do not.
The common myth that all fire sprinklers spray water at once when a fire breaks out remains a roadblock to homeowner interest. While new- construction owners often receive information about home safety features from their builder, collaboration with local officials and fire services is needed to educate all homeowners.
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