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How Much Does Fire Protection Cost?

Most homeowners spend between $210 to $421 nationally.
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Most commercial and public buildings are equipped with fire sprinklers, but few people realize that homeowners can also benefit from this technology. Fire protection items like sprinklers and smoke detectors greatly reduce the chance of loss, injury or death due to fire. This guide compares the costs and benefits of various fire protection devices.

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National Average Cost $2,748
Minimum Cost $87
Maximum Cost $57,500
Average Range $210 to $421
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Table of Contents

  1. Fire Protection Cost
  2. Why You Need Fire Protection
  3. Fire Protection Options
  4. Fire Protection Companies
  5. Find A Contractor

Fire Protection Cost

The cost of fire protection varies greatly depending on the type of protection used. Expect the following costs for each type of fire protection:

Fire Protection

Minimum Cost

Maximum Cost

Smoke Detectors



Home Fire Sprinklers



Heat Sensors



Chimney Cap Spark Arrestors



Fire Extinguisher & Blankets



Why You Need Fire Protection

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are a fire safety must in every home. They cost $15 to $100 and should be replaced every 10 years. Most models run on batteries, which could cost an additional $5 to $10 every year; hardwired options omit this cost but generally cost more upfront and may need to be professionally installed.

Home Fire Sprinklers

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the cost of installing home fire sprinklers averages $1.35 per sprinkled square foot. Most homeowners spend anywhere between $241 and $1,652; variables include the location and size of the home.

Heat Sensors

Heat sensors cost anywhere from $60 to $100 and have high maintenance fees. They are often used in conjunction with service from a home protection company.

Chimney Cap Spark Arrestors

The cost for a chimney cap spark arrestor can range anywhere from $400 to $3,500. Additional maintenance fees may be required.

Fire Extinguishers & Blankets

Fire extinguishers cost $100 to $500, with up to $100 in additional annual maintenance costs. Fire blankets usually work in conjunction with fire extinguishers and may cost $30 to $100 without any maintenance costs.

Why You Need Fire Protection

Fire protection saves lives and property. On average, there are 2,560 civilian fire deaths and $6.7 billion in direct damage each year due to home structure fires. Fire departments in the U.S. respond to a home fire every 86 seconds on average. The NFPA reports that 85% of all civilian fire deaths occur in the home. This number is drastically reduced when home safety devices like fire sprinklers are present. In fact, installing fire sprinklers cuts the risk of death by nearly 80%, while the average property loss is cut by 70%. In many cases, fire sprinklers can control the fire before the fire department arrives.

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) reports that new homes burn eight times faster than older homes. When a fire starts, every second counts. Fire sprinklers and other fire protection items give family members more time to exit the home.

Fire Protection Options

Fire Protection Options

Homeowners looking to increase their fire protection have a range of home safety options that vary in cost and provide varying levels of protection.

Fire Sprinklers

The AFSA states that fire sprinklers are the single most effective way to stop an early-stage fire from spreading. The NFPA reports that just one sprinkler can control a fire 90% of the time. Each sprinkler acts individually when it senses a spike in temperature; the entire system does not activate if one goes off. The installation of fire sprinklers in a home comes with immense safety benefits in the case of a fire. Additionally, they can fit any home decor and even mount flush with walls or ceilings for an unobtrusive look.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are imperative in all homes, as they alert residents when smoke is detected. According to the NFPA, three out of every five home fire deaths happened in homes with no working smoke detectors. Place smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.  

Heat Sensors

Heat sensors are similar to smoke detectors in that they detect smoke, but also they sound an alert when there is a rise in temperature in the room. They have the benefit of detecting early fires that aren't emitting much smoke.

Chimney Cap Spark Arrestors

Chimney cap spark arrestors prevent embers and sparks from flying up the chimney and causing a fire. They are strongly recommended for anyone who has a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Fire Extinguishers & Blankets

Fire extinguishers allow homeowners to put out a small fire before it grows, but they don't take the place of other fire safety devices and may not always extinguish a fire. While they are effective, many people don't know how to use them. Fire blankets often withstand temperatures up to 900 degrees and can be used in conjunction with or in place of a fire extinguisher. They are especially helpful for anyone who isn't sure how to operate a fire extinguisher.

Fire Protection Companies

Fire Protection Companies

There are numerous companies that offer fire protection devices, from sprinklers and smoke detectors to lightning protection systems; they can be used alone or in conjunction with other home alarm services. Some of the most popular national brands include:

  • Wolverine Fire Protection Company: Wolverine has been in the business of fire protection since 1958. They are one of the largest independently family-owned sprinkler contractors in the country.
  • Western States Fire Protection Company: WSFP offers a variety of fire protection services, with locations throughout the Midwest and Western U.S.
  • ADT: ADT is one of many home security services that also offers fire protection. While it doesn't install sprinklers, ADT does manage and monitor your smoke detectors. If the smoke detector goes off, ADT immediately notifies your local fire department.

These brands likely can refer you to other resources for safe-proofing your home from other disasters such as earthquakes.

Find A Contractor

The AFSA strongly discourages individuals from installing their own home sprinkler systems. These systems should always be installed according to the standards of the NFPA. Don't risk your home safety by putting this important project on your DIY list. Instead, find a professional contractor in your area who can help protect your home from a fire. 

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