Dramatic Residential Sprinkler Demo in Calgary

A Calgary Herald report on the difference residential sprinklers can make during a house fire.

The simulation, using a trailer with two equally sized spaces staged as great rooms — one with a residential sprinkler, and one without — was held during an event in Livingston last weekend.

Master-planned by Brookfield Residential, Livingston is believed to be the only community in North America to make residential sprinklers a standard feature in all homes, from its inception.

The demonstrations of fires with and without residential sprinklers were done one at a time. In both cases, their respective smoke alarms were trigged about 22 seconds in.

“At just under three minutes, the room without a sprinkler went into flashover. At just over two minutes, the sprinkler head activated on the other side,” says Sean Pearce, a fire and life safety consultant who helped co-ordinate the demonstration in Livingston and has supported Brookfield in its implementation of residential sprinklers in various capacities.

The term flashover, he says, refers to “the point where the heat reaches a specific point for that room that the contents all ignite regardless of if they have direct flame impingement or not.”

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