$20 - Estimated increase in a monthly mortgage payment to cover the cost of installing a sprinkler system
$711 - Average annual home insurance premium for a $300,000 home on the Northwest Side
$2,166 - Average property loss for fires in homes with sprinklers
$45,019 - Average property loss for fires in homes without sprinklers
...357 The average number of gallons of water used by home sprinklers during a fire
...4,884 The average number of gallons of water used by firefighters during a fire in a home without sprinklers
Sources: Scottsdale Fire Department, Arizona Department of Insurance
Perhaps one of the most progressive aspects of public safety in the City of Scottsdale is our residential sprinkler ordinance. In 1986, Scottsdale became one of the first major metropolitan communities in the United States to implement an ordinance requiring residential fire sprinkler protection systems in all new and remodeled residences, including single family residences. With fire sprinkler systems in over 53% of single family residences and 75% of commercial structures, Scottsdale's fire fatality rate is less than half the national average. Better built-in protection saves lives and possessions, and significantly enhances the safety for our firefighters.