!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb07e7a673970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb07e7a673970d-320wi|alt=Silver sprinkler angle|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Silver sprinkler angle|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb07e7a673970d img-responsive!Amid the number of products displayed at the recent International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, a theme had emerged: protecting homes from all types of disasters is becoming easier and more affordable.
"It's like a perfect storm" of better consumer information ... and a growing supply of products, Leslie Chapman-Henderson with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc., told +The Wall Street Journal.+ The alliance is a nonprofit aimed at strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters via partnerships with the public and private sector.
Sprinklers are a crucial component of a "disaster-ready" home, noted the article. These devices were on display at the show, where companies and advocates highlighted their aesthetic appeal and necessity in new homes composed of today's lightweight construction materials, which have a dangerous reaction to fire. Representatives from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition were also on hand to educate attendees on why sprinklers make sense in new homes.
Similar to emergency generators and "safe rooms" that withstand hurricane-force winds, sprinkler technology is readily available and can significantly mitigate loss from one of North America's most prevalent disasters. Read the complete article for more information.