Portable Fire Extinguishers Reduce Carbon Footprint of Building Fires

When portable extinguishers and sprinklers are used together, a 99 percent reduction of fire-related carbon emissions is achieved.

In 2023, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s Government Relations Committee (FEMA GRC) commissioned the respected fire protection engineering firm Jensen Hughes, to study the role of portable extinguishers in reducing the carbon footprint of a fire in a sprinklered building. The Jensen Hughes study, titled A Review of the Impact of Fire Extinguishers in Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Building Fires, found that portable fire extinguishers can further reduce fire-related carbon emissions of a building, beyond the effectiveness of sprinklers on their own, by 93.6%. When portable extinguishers and sprinklers are used together, a 99 percent reduction of fire-related carbon emissions is achieved.

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A Review of the Impact of Fire Extinguishers in Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Building Fires (PDF)
A scientific study of the role of portable fire extinguishers in reducing the carbon footprint of a fire in a sprinklered building by Jensen Hughes, a fire protection engineering firm.


Fire extinguisher carbon footprint infographic

Portable Fire Extinguishers Dramatically Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Building Fires
A visual summary, or infographic, of a scientific study of the role of portable fire extinguishers in reducing the carbon footprint of a fire in a sprinklered building by Jensen Hughes, a fire protection engineering firm.


 

Portable Fire Extinguishers Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Building Fires
In 2023, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s Government Relations Committee commissioned the respected fire protection engineering firm Jensen Hughes, to study the role of portable extinguishers in reducing the carbon footprint of a fire in a sprinklered building.


FEMA 2023 Q2 Legislative Report
A quarterly report in the June 2023 issue of FireWatch from the Fire Equipment Manufactures’ Association’s Government Relations Committee that discusses a commissioned Jensen Hughes scientific study of the role of portable fire extinguishers in reducing the carbon footprint of a fire in a sprinklered building.


How Portable Fire Extinguishers Can Reduce a Building’s Carbon Footprint
An article in Building Safety Journal, an International Code Council publication, discusses the recent study on how portable fire extinguishers can reduce a building’s carbon footprint.


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