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SAFETY ALERT REGARDING ANTIFREEZE IN RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS

Reprinted from National Fire Protection Association


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Safety alert
Read NFPA's Safety Alert regarding antifreeze in residential sprinklers (PDF, 62 KB), issued on July 6, 2010

News release
July 6, 2010 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today issued a safety alert recommending that residential fire sprinkler systems containing antifreeze should be drained and the antifreeze replaced with water. The alert follows a research study and an initial set of fire tests conducted after a fire incident raised concerns about antifreeze solutions in residential sprinkler systems. The incident involved a grease fire in a kitchen where a sprinkler with a high concentration of antifreeze deployed. The fire resulted in a single fatality and serious injury to another person. Read NFPA's news release.
Report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation
"Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems: Literature Review and Research Plan" (2010)
This report describes the results of a literature search on the impact of antifreeze solutions on the effectiveness of home fire sprinkler systems. Suggestions for further research are provided to provide a more complete analysis of currently permitted antifreeze solutions as well as to investigate other antifreeze solutions that could be used in sprinkler systems. Download this report (PDF, 1 MB)
 
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