Fire Safety 101: The benefits of sprinklers

9:00 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Mendota Heights firefighters are urging people to consider installing sprinkler systems in their homes, saying it could make all the difference in the event of a fire.

"With lightweight construction and how buildings are made today, it's very important that we use every tool that's in the toolbox, and if it's reasonable in price, why not do it," said Chief John Maczko of the Mendota Heights Fire Department, adding that 3,000 people die in fires in the U.S. every year.

Maczko said 80 percent of fatal fires occur in single-family homes.  And, he added, only 5 percent of those homes have a sprinkler system.

The systems range in price but average about $1.60 per foot.  For more information on at least one of those systems, just go to:

Firefighters also recommend sleeping with the doors closed and using sheetrock in new construction as additional ways to prevent fires.

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