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Overview of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Lawrence R. Eichner, PE

Residential sprinkler systems are proven as an effective means of controlling fire in the home, allowing occupants the time to escape or be rescued. Although 83% of 2,600 civilian deaths that result every year from residential fires might be prevented by sprinklers, only 4.6% of all residential structures have sprinkler systems. In response, municipalities across the US are passing legislation requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in all new residential construction. All building design professionals should have an understanding of fire sprinkler systems in residential occupancies. This online course provides an overview of the fundamental fire protection concepts of residential sprinkler systems, the evolving technology, and allied standards and codes. The course materials are based entirely on Residential Sprinkler Systems by Daniel Madrzykowski and Russell P. Fleming, Volume 2; Chapter 6 - Section 16; NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition 2008.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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