'Hard to put a price on your life': Richmond, Henrico County firefighters show off effectiveness of sprinklers

  • Source: WWBT-TV NBC 12 Richmond
  • Published: 05/10/2018 03:07 PM

Richmond and Henrico fire departments, along with members of VCU Fire Safety, teamed up Thursday to demonstrate the effectiveness of indoor sprinklers if a fire were to break out in your home. Firefighters ignited two living room setups outside the Fire Training Academy in Henrico. Only one had a sprinkler. The difference was stark. After about five minutes, the living room without a sprinkler was fully engulfed. In the same amount of time, the room with a sprinkler was reduced to small flames. On average, it takes firefighters about four minutes to respond to a home. If these demonstration fires happened in real houses, the house without the sprinkler could easily have gone up in flames.


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