Side-By-Side Burns – NJFSAB


Free-of-Charge: Side-by-Side Demonstration

The side-by-side demonstration is a highly effective learning tool used to present possible extreme fire hazards and show how residential and commercial sprinklers effectively limit those hazards. There is no more dramatic way to demonstrate the devastating speed and effect of flashover.

Side-by-Side Demonstration

Like the burn trailer demonstration, this too is free of charge to any group, organization or community event. There are two “rooms”—both are furnished as a typical living room, bedroom or dorm room. The difference is that one of the rooms has a smoke alarm, while the other has a smoke alarm and a single sprinkler head. This demonstration reveals the speed at which the fire sprinkler suppresses the fire in one room—usually under a minute—while the other room continues to burn and is already at flashover (the point at which everything in the room ignites) before a fire department typically arrives on scene.

Book your burn trailer demonstration: call us at 866-226-6006.

NJFSAB is offering side-by-side grants for interested communities and fire departments wishing to create a side-by-side room demonstration to show the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in a residential setting. A member of the NJFSAB team will be happy to assist your department with information regarding a smooth event and construction of the two units. In addition, we would be happy to assist in person on the day of the event with any questions that your department may have.


  • The side-by-side must be conducted in 2017.
  • A press advisory must be put out advertising the demonstration.
  • Your local elected officials (Mayor/President/Trustee/Aldermen) must be invited.
  • The basic guidelines and directions from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) must be followed.
  • No combustible fuels or additives are allowed to ignite.
  • By signing, I agree to abide by the basic requirements listed above.