Monday, June 17, 2013

Side by side burn to test effectiveness of residential sprinklers

A side bye side burn will be held on June 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm in the North Charleston Fire Museum parking lot.

A side by side burn is a demonstration of how long it takes for a room to flash over versus a room with a residential sprinkler system. There are two rooms setup in identical fashion, except one has a residential sprinkler system and one does not. The damage to the first unit is usually significant and shows the actual damage of a fire in a residence. Flash over can occur in as little as two to three minutes, meaning the room is more than 1,400 degrees. The second shows what would happen if the same home was equipped with residential sprinklers.

This is a live fire demonstration to help our residents understand the significant value of a residential sprinkler system.

The event is held in being conducted by the North Charleston Fire Department, in conjunction with the South Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Association and the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition.