Accession Number : ADA186368

Title :   Evaluation of Residential Sprinklers for Use in Military Housing.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Weber, Robert A ; Smith, Daniel T

PDF Url : ADA186368

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : This report documents the results of research conducted to test residential sprinkler systems under live fire conditions, to determine their potential for use in military family housing. The test results indicated that sprinkler systems, when used in conjunction with smoke detectors, significantly reduced fire losses and will greatly decrease the potential for injury and loss of life. Since the sprinkler system reduces the temperature of the flame, it will reduce combustion, thereby increasing the smoke level. Since heavier smoke levels could cause panic among building occupants, it has been concluded that fire safety education programs that would teach residents proper fire safety procedures would be helpful. Since the average cost of a fire is about $7900 and the estimated damages sustained in a fire contained by sprinklers are only $300 to $500, the costs of sprinkler systems could be recovered. Sprinkler system maintenance requirements are low and can be completed during quarters maintenance.

Descriptors :   * HOUSING(DWELLINGS), *FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, COMBUSTION, COSTS, DAMAGE, DEATH, DETECTORS, EDUCATION, ESTIMATES, FIRE SAFETY, FIRES, FLAMES, LOSSES, MAINTENANCE, MILITARY FACILITIES, REDUCTION, RESIDENTIAL SECTION, SMOKE, TEMPERATURE, WOUNDS AND INJURIES

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE