The argument that sprinklers may extinguish a fire but still cause an excess of water damage is incorrect for many reasons:
1. Contrary to popular belief only one head activates at a time, the head closest to the area with the greatest temperature. Usually one head is enough to extinguish the fire.
2. Sprinklers only release 8-24 gallons of water per minute, and on average run for only 3 minutes. In addition, sprinklers generally only cover 250-300 square feet. When compared to that of a fire hose, which spray 50-125 gallons of water per minute and can soak an entire house before extinguishing a fire, sprinkler damage is minimal.