From fireproofing rooftops to keeping lawns hydrated, residents can take simple steps to prepare their home's exterior against the threats of wildfire. (Download NFPA's updated Firewise Toolkit for other easy suggestions.) A trade association representing insurance companies is now urging residents to take precautions indoors as well as outdoors.
The Northwest Insurance Council, a nonprofit funded by insurance industries in the northwest corner of the U.S., suggests residents living in wildfire-prone areas to consider home fire sprinklers. Combined with properly working smoke alarms (if they're older than 10 years, it's time to replace them) and NFPA's Firewise Principles, home fire sprinklers can help protect homes and lives from wildfire.
"Wildfires burned more than 2.6 million acres in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho last year alone, and more homes and businesses are threatened by fire each year as development pushes deeper into the Wildland-Urban Interface," Kenton Brine, president of the Northwest Insurance Council, stated in a news release. "It is more important than ever for property owners and communities to work together to prepare for and mitigate the impact of these devastating fires."
More and more home insurers are rewarding homeowners who install home fire sprinklers. According to NFPA research, some companies are offering anywhere from four to 13 percent insurance discounts for home fire sprinklers.
Fueling stronger support for fire sprinklers in the Northwest corner of the U.S. are a number of state sprinkler coalitions. See how these groups are creatively advocating for this life-safety feature in new homes: