Though the town is nearing build out, the Naples Daily News reports that community planners are considering "higher density" developments for some of the remaining parcels. Moreover, sprinklers would protect the town's higher-than-average high-risk groups, which include children and the elderly, populations that have a greater risk of dying in a house fire, per NFPA research.
Estero Fire Marshal Phillip Green told the paper that the area's estimated cost for sprinkler installation--$1.78 per sprinklered square foot (the national average is $1.35)--is "a bargain. That's not even the price of a cheap piece of carpet."
Another reason why home fire sprinklers make sense, says Green, is that these devices can effectively combat the $175 million in annual damages from one- and two-family home fires in Florida.
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