Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Use in the United States Term Paper by elbeasel

Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Use in the United States
A look at the history, benefits and future use of automatic fire sprinklers in the United States.
# 153706 | 1,964 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2013 in Business (Industries) , Engineering (General)

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The paper examines the use of automatic fire sprinklers in the United States since the mid 1800s and details the modern systems used in homes and businesses today. The paper then describes the benefits of sprinkler systems in terms of physical safety and property damage and considers the future of automatic fire sprinkler systems. The paper predicts that the growth of the sprinkler system industry should continue well into the future.

History of Fire Sprinkler Systems
Modern Fire Sprinkler Systems
Benefits of Fire Sprinkler Systems
The Future

From the Paper:

"Rudimentary sprinkler systems were invented in England in the early 1800's, and the idea was brought to the United States shortly after. In 1874, a patent for a sprinkler head which was held against a pressurized water pipe by a material which melted at a low temperature was granted to inventor Henry S. Parmelee (Grant, 1996). Parmelee's invention became the basis for sprinkler systems installed throughout industrial mills and factories in the North Eastern United States, and technology related to sprinkler systems grew rapidly through the late 1800's and into the 1900's (Grant, 1996). Motivated by business owners who suffered economic loss due to fire, a burgeoning sprinkler system industry began to develop. The lack of regulation of these systems provided mixed results, and an industry group dedicated to creating consistently performing sprinkler system was formed in 1896 (Grant, 1996). This group, the National Fire Protection Association, remains an important part of the fire safety industry today.
"After the formation of the NFPA, growth within the industry was primarily focused on businesses, factories, and the industrial sector. Sprinkler systems became a necessity in buildings where the spread of fire could become particularly dangerous, such as chemical factories and plants which processed highly flammable materials (Grant, 1996). Recognizing the reduction in risks associated with such systems, insurance agencies began providing incentives for businesses that installed such systems."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Grant, Casey Cavanaugh (1996). The Birth of NFPA. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from
  • Fleming, Russell P., "World Sprinkler Market Tops 70 Million", International Sprinkler Scene, International Fire Sprinkler Association, April 2002.
  • HowStuffWorks "Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems". (n.d.). Retrieved from
  • Rohr, Kimberly D., "U.S. Experience With Sprinklers," National Fire Protection Association, September 2011.
  • Butry, D. T., Brown, M. H., & Fuller, S. K. (2007, September).ResidentialFireSprinklers. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from

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