Preventing Fire Damage and Spread
Fire damage to your home does not have to come from the inside. Your home can be damaged or destroyed by a wildfire or a fire from a nearby property. Wildfire problems are no longer limited to just a few locations.
Changes in temperature and rainfall are creating problems across the nation. Take steps to protect your home and family from fire damage and spread.
Reducing Wildfire Potential
No matter where you live, keeping your property clear can reduce the potential for the spread of wildfires. You need to create a defensible space around your home. This space includes three zone areas. Tackle the first five feet around your home first.
Remove all dead or flammable vegetation in this zone. Any plants that you have in this area should be fire resistant. Small plants and ground cover are not a major problem, large plants and those that create excess dead branches need to be removed. Keep all tree branches trimmed to 10 feet away from your roof.
You can determine the safety of the vegetation by looking at the ground under and around the plant or tree. If there is a large amount of bark or leaves, the combustibility increases. Pine trees are extremely flammable and fallen pine cones and needles must be removed. Plants with a high resin content are also dangerous. Some of these include Eucalyptus, Calendula and Tamarack.
Additional defense zones include a 30 foot radius and a 100 foot radius. The larger your safety zone, the less danger you will face.
In locations with the highest potential for wildfires, take a look at your roofing material. Wood shake shingles are not the best choice. These must also be specially rated as Class A for any true fire resistance. Consider a Spanish tile, slate or metal roof for the most fire protection. Decks and other structures should be built from resistant materials.
Reducing Damage From Adjoining Properties
In city and suburban setting, homes are often located close to one another. If a nearby home or business ignites, the proximity can put your home in danger. You also need to ensure that you have a defensible area around
Again, keep flammable plants and trees away from your home. Keep tree branches trimmed so that they do not overhang your roof. Keep your gutters clear from leaves and other debris that can build up and catch fire.
Pay extra attention if you live next to a vacant home or business. Arson fires can spread quickly and you need to remain alert. If you notice unusual activity, notify the police or your area’s building department.
Structural and Smoke Damage
Even if your home is not touched by fire, smoke and ash can cause damage. Oily soot will make the situation even worse. Keep your windows, skylights and doors closed to reduce the amount of smoke and soot that enters your home. Remember to always evacuate if you are told to do so. Damages to your home can be repaired.
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