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Editor,—The recent article by Lynne Warda et al did a generally excellent job of reviewing the literature on prevention of fire injuries.1 Perhaps because the keywords did not include “sprinkler”,2 the report completely neglected the tremendous value of automatic fire sprinkler systems in preventing deaths and injuries in house fires. The National Institute of Standards and Technology estimates that while smoke detectors alone can reduce the fire death rate by 52%, sprinklers alone could reduce deaths by 69% and the combination by 82%.3
Sprinklers protect people without requiring human …