Keeping a Home Fire Safe Costs Less than….

For Immediate Release                                             Contact: Ashley Lara 541-831-2778

Date: December 16, 2015

Keeping a Home Fire Safe Costs Less than the

Price of a Candy Bar (per square foot)

The cost of installing residential fire sprinklers in a new home averages $1.35 per sprinkled square foot, which is less than what you pay for a Snickers bar at the grocery store. Home sprinklers are highly effective and reliable in protecting your home against the spread of fire.

The cost of sprinkler systems to the home builder, in dollars per sprinkled square foot, ranges from $0.38 to $3.66. This cost includes all costs to the builder associated with the system including design, installation, and other costs such as permits, additional equipment, increased tap water and water meter fees – to the extent that they apply.

Sprinkler systems are carefully designed to activate early in a real fire (responding to heat not smoke) but not to activate in a non-fire situation. Each sprinkler reacts only to the fire conditions in its area. Water released from a sprinkler system is typically much less than what would occur if the fire department had to suppress it.

“You are 80% more likely to survive a home fire when sprinklers are present,” said Lorraine Carli , NFPA’s vice president of field operations. “Installing a home fire sprinkler system is a huge step in the right direction when protecting people and property.”

Fire District 3 is hosting an in-home sprinkler giveaway for residents in the Fire District 3 service area. Alvarez Construction and Pacific Fire Protection are collaborating on the project to make one lucky resident’s home safer against the threat of fire. The application process is open until January 15, 2016.

The final awardee will be announced on February 1, 2016 and will receive the complete design and installation of a residential fire sprinkler system, in accordance with national standards, in a single family residence. Applications must be submitted via the website,, in- person, or by mail at 8383 Agate Rd, White City, Oregon 97503.

For mor information about the application process, please visit,

or call 541-826-7100