Firefighters want Edmond homeowners to get sprinklers

More than 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Edmond firefighters are encouraging people to get residential fire sprinklers.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: January 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: January 10, 2013

— Firefighters are encouraging people to install fire sprinkler systems in their Edmond homes as a safety precaution.

“It is like having a fireman with you 24 hours a day,” said Mike Barnes, chief of fire prevention.

More than 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

“Fire sprinklers are designed to contain the fire until firefighters can get there,” Barnes said. “Sprinklers give the residents time to get out.”

Home fire sprinkler systems are becoming more popular in Edmond, Barnes said.

Rick Young, owner of Fire Safe System LLC in Arcadia, said he also has seen an increase in requests for fire sprinkler systems in Oklahoma City. Some homeowners choose sprinklers because there are no nearby fire hydrants or only one road into their neighborhoods, he said.

“It gives people 24-7 fire protection,” Young said. “It allows the occupants time to get out of the house.”

Developer Caleb McCaleb offers his clients the option of installing fire sprinkler systems and this week continued to install fire sprinklers in the 78 townhomes he is building at the Porches at Arbor Creek, north of Saints Boulevard and Second Street.

McCaleb said he isn't 100 percent sold on fire sprinkler systems. He questions what a homeowner is to do if electricity is lost and the water well goes down, leaving the home with no water for the sprinkler system.

“If you are in the city limits, there is a fire department and you have access to water; it is not that important. And I am a safety nut.”

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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