Watch how fast a house burns in a fire demonstration from East Longmeadow Fire Department

Sprinklers are activated only by the high temperature of a fire

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The East Longmeadow Fire Department provided an up-close look at what happens in a house fire, during the town’s annual Night Out celebration. At East Longmeadow High School, the fire department burned 2 side by side buildings, to show how important it is to make sure your home is equipped to stop a fire from spreading.

22News watched the first structure completely go up in flames in a minute and 18 seconds because it had no sprinkler system. All of the furniture inside the structure caught fire and was completely burned. Alongside, the second structure did have a sprinkler system, and most of the furniture inside was salvaged. After the second fire burned for 13 seconds, the sprinkler system activated and put out the fire immediately.

East Longmeadow Fire Chief Chris Beecher told 22News it’s a dramatic demonstration, but one that paints a clear picture about how important it is to properly equip your home, and to have a safety plan. “It gives people the idea that um ya know, just like a seat belt, I need it when I need it but when do I know I need it? Same thing with a sprinkler system.”

Lt. Beecher said, on average, it takes 9-12 minutes for a fire department to reach a burning house. In that time, a fire in an unsprinklered home will have spread, giving you and your family much less of a chance to get out safely.

Sprinklers are activated only by the high temperature of a fire. They put out 10 to 25 gallons of water per minute, about 10 times less water flow than fire department hoses, with far less pressure.

Click here to learn more about how these home sprinklers save lives, and how you can get one installed in your own home.

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