In an attempt to make homes safer, some builders are giving the option of fire sprinklers in a residential residence. Recently, the delegates to the International Code Council voted down a proposal to require fire sprinklers in new construction.
As technology expectations in homes improves there will likely be a day when it will be standard for a home to have sprinklers throughout the home. Families will be safer, or will they.
A teenager ambitious to "see how things work" may trip a system costing a family thousands in damage. A system malfunction may also result in expensive repairs.
However, those risks may be worth it in comparison to potential lives spared.