Fire Sprinklers

Fire Sprinklers save Lives and Property
Time and time again in Vermont, we hear about lives and properties that have been saved by the activation of properly installed and maintained fire sprinkler systems. Fire sprinkler systems have an incredibly strong record of property protection stretching back over 100 years. In the United States, Because of the excellent record sprinklers have in protecting life and property (including Vermont’s historic buildings), and for saving community resources and municipal services, a number of incentives for building owners or tenants to install fire sprinkler system have been established.
Installing a fire sprinkler system makes good business sense. Vermont fire and building codes provide incentives for a building owner to install a fire sprinkler system permitting the expanded use or adaptive reuse of a building.


 Codes and Standards - Vermont Requirements
NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.
NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height.

To view these standards, go to the National Fire protection Association Codes & Standards


Fire Safety Highlights

  • Eight out of 10 fire deaths occur in homes
  • Home fire often happen at night when people are sleeping
  • A fire sprinkler system is your best protection against fire
  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate
  • Fire sprinklers can contain and even extinguish the fire before the fire department arrives
  • Installing both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system reduces the risk of death in a home fire by 82%, relative to having neither.

Additional Information Resource Links

USFA Residential Sprinklers - U.S. Fire Administration
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Residential Fire Sprinkler Protection Systems
Fire Sprinkler Initiative
International Residential Code Fire Sprinkler Coalition
FireSafety.gov for Citizens: Residential Fire Sprinklers
NFSA - The voice of the fire sprinkler industry  
American Fire Sprinkler Association

Public Education Contact

Micheal D. Greenia
Assistant State Fire Marshal 
Public Education & Information Section Chief
Phone: 802-479-7587
Fax: 802-479-7562 
Email:  micheal.greenia@vermont.gov