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How To Protect Your Propery From Wildfire

How to Protect Your Property from Wildfire

Written by Professional Restoration on October 04, 2018. Posted in Damage Prevention.

Colorado enjoys a diverse landscape of mountains, forests, and valleys. Summers are dry and winters are mild—ideal conditions for year-round activities. However, the same qualities that make Colorado a great place to live can also spur dangerous wildfires.

According to the Colorado State Forest Service, homes and businesses nestled in the foothills, grasslands, and mountains are particularly vulnerable.

Below, the fire damage experts at Professional Restoration share actionable steps property owners can take to mitigate fire ignition and spread in fire-prone ecosystems throughout Colorado.

Defensible Space & Access

Your first defense against wildfire is to create a defensible space around your property.

A defensible space is designed to slow the rate and intensity of an approaching wildfire. This area typically extends 75 feet around the home or business—more if the structure is built on a slope.

Here’s how you can create a defensible space around your home or business:

All clippings and debris should be hauled away after tree branches and brush are cleared away.

Property access is another important consideration when preparing for potential fire hazards. Particularly in rural areas, access to property can be challenging for emergency vehicles.

Here are a few easy steps to improve property access:

A few minutes delay due to accessibility issues can mean all the difference in saving a property.

Create a defensible space around your property, and check for access issues once a year to mitigate fire dangers.

Structural Flammability

Structural flammability refers to the material makeup of the structure(s) on the property. Ignition risk is something that, in a perfect world, is addressed during construction. However, there are steps home and business owners can take to mitigate flammability.

For example, roofing materials such as asphalt, metal, tile, clay, concrete, and slate are fire-resistant options and less flammable than wood or shake shingles.

Decks made of wood are common ignition points. Today, there are alternative materials available that won’t spread fire as rapidly. Fire resistant insulation, windows, and finishes are also available.

Maintaining a defensible space around the structure is the best way to mitigate structural flammability.

Water Worries

It’s important that an emergency water source is available to firefighters.

Some jurisdictions require new construction projects to join municipal water systems, which generally have large storage facilities that will meet the needs of firefighters. However, rural areas and older developments may not have adequate water reserves.

Firefighters work hard to protect your property, but they can only do so much without a constant water source. If you live in a heavily-forested area, ensure a water supply is readily available. This can be anything from a lake or pond to a swimming pool or hot tub.

If you do not have a nearby water source, consider installing a well-marked dry hydrant or cistern.

Fire Damage Cleanup & Restoration

Fire is unpredictable, and even with preparedness, it can devastate a home or business within a few minutes.

If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a fire, you will likely need professional fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Professional Restoration has been helping home and commercial property owners living in and around the Denver Metro area for more than 25 years. We’re here for our clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Moreover, our trained technicians are ready to tackle everything from interior fire damage to roofing repair—we can even restore your personal belongings to like-new condition.

Call us today at 303-922-4001 to schedule a FREE estimate, or contact us online and we’ll get in touch with you.

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