Tyco Offers Residential Fire Sprinkler Training to Developers, Builders

Feb. 17, 2006
Company offers training on new home sprinkler line, info on new code requirements

Tyco Fire & Building Products, a division of Tyco International Ltd. and a world leader in fire protection technology, announced today it will offer training seminars in the installation, use and application of its newly-introduced Rapid Response(TM) home fire sprinkler system. Open to any residential home builder or developer, the seminars will educate participants about new home sprinkler requirements, installation standards and unique Rapid Response design features.

Two training seminars will take place at the Tyco Fire & Building Products' Cranston, Rhode Island-based Research & Development Center. The first, two-day session is scheduled for April 24 - 25, 2006; the second for June 26 - 27, 2006. The seminars are free to builders and developers, and food and lodging are provided. The only cost to participants is travel to and from Cranston, R.I.

Tyco's Research & Development Center is considered one of the fire sprinkler industry's premier testing centers. Seminar attendees will be able to see how fire sprinklers suppress fires and how new sprinkler technologies are tested.

The seminars sponsored by TFBP will help home builders become more familiar with fire sprinkler technology, providing intensive information and hands-on instruction in a variety of current home fire sprinkler-related issues. Topics include:

-- The evolution and development of the industry's Residential Sprinkler and Residential Installation Standards, and the areas of the country that are moving most rapidly to adopt the new standards.

-- Advantages of residential sprinkler systems to the homebuilder and home buyer.

-- Fire sprinkler system components, design, installation, maintenance and testing requirements.

"We developed our training seminars to educate builders, recognizing the powerful role they play in building safety into new homes," said Darren Palmieri, Residential Product Manager at TFBP. "Rapid Response was designed to address the needs of the home builder, as well as the home owner, in a cooperative effort to save lives and protect property."

The average new home can be sprinklered for roughly 1 to 1.5 percent of the total cost to build a home, or less than $2 per square foot. In most homes, adding a sprinkler system costs less than many decorating upgrades. Additionally, property insurance savings enable residential fire sprinkler systems to pay for themselves over time.

"Home fire safety awareness is on the rise, and consumers are demanding the latest safety features for their homes. Alarm systems, smoke detectors, and now, sprinkler systems, will ultimately become the norm in fully secured homes," said Palmieri. "Builders must demonstrate a top-line commitment to customer safety, and there is no better way than becoming educated about the benefits of home fire sprinkler systems."

Those wishing to participate in the training seminar should contact the Tyco Fire & Building Products R&D training coordinator at (401) 781-8220 ext. 500. For more information, please visit www.tyco-rapidresponse.com.