Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fire Department Demonstrates Sprinkler System

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 ; 06:07 PM
Updated Thursday, October 27, 2011; 06:12 PM

A Habitat for Humanity House is being constructed with a sprinkler system for a family with hearing impairments.

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Fire Department wanted to show just how important it is to know when there’s a fire in the home, even if its residents can’t hear an alarm.
A Habitat for Humanity home is still under construction in North Charleston for a family with hearing impairments.

A brand new sprinkler system has been installed in the home to alert the family members if there is a fire, and Cpt. Ken Tyree with the Charleston Fire Department said many homes can benefit from a sprinkler system.

Tyree said studies show that young children, the elderly and the disabled normally do not hear or wake up to smoke alarms which can make a sprinkler system a true life saver.

“It’s an investment,” Tyree said. “It’s more, when you look at the cost, but it’s really all about investment when it comes to what this system costs to be in this house.”

Tyree also said 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home, and he urges everyone to check their smoke detectors regularly.

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