Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Next week is home fire sprinkler week and the Eau Claire Fire Department is sharing the benefits of installing fire sprinklers.

The Eau Claire Fire Inspector Jason Knecht says sprinklers are needed now more than ever because new homes are made of materials that burn hotter and faster than older designs. He says sprinklers act as the first line of defense against home fires. 

“So, if there’s a sprinkler system in the home that will knock down the fire, if not extinguish the fire sooner then we could get there,” said Knecht.

The fire inspector says the sprinklers are heat-activated and will go off automatically if a fire is detected. Usually, only one or two sprinklers is needed to control a fire.