What saves lives and the environment?

What save lives and the environment?

Answer: Residential Fire Sprinklers


We all know that fire sprinklers save lives, this should be reason enough to install them! however most people do not think of fire sprinklers being green.


Full FM Global Report:

sprinklers are green fm global report



  • In the event of a fire, The use of sprinkler reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 97.8 %.
  • In the event of a fire, The use of sprinkler reduces water usage between 50 % and 91 %.
  • In the event of a fire, The use of sprinkler reduces fire damage which means less damaged product goes to landfills.
  • The pH value of non-sprinklered water wastewater was between 11.6 and 12.1 versus the pH of 7.9 for the sprinklered test. Wastewater exhibiting pH valves greater than 10.0 represent a serious environmental concern.


We as a fire service needs to educate the public that fire sprinkler saves lives and environment! Now that is the true example of being Green.


Additional reading:



Green and Fire Protection- SQ200903


A special thanks to Dominick G. Kasmauskas for his help.


Stay Safe

Lt. John Shafer

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department. An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.