We have seen that this 2021 fire season is an ongoing series of wildfires that have burned across the state of California. As of August 23, 2021, a total of 6,685 fires have been recorded, burning 1,570,151 acres across the state. That is why it is critical to protect your home from wildfires, especially if you are located in a fire zone area like Placer, El Dorado, Plumas, and Kent counties. Here are 5 ways to protect your home:
- Fire Proof Your Roof:
Because your roof is a large horizontal surface, it is arguably the most vulnerable component of your home. The job of the roof is to protect the house from sun, rain, and during a fire, from embers. Complex roofs, where the roof meets vertical walls and/or includes dormers present additional vulnerabilities.
- Clear Dry Brush:
All plants can burn during a wildfire. Placement of landscaping vegetation and combustible mulch immediately around your home and under windows, eaves, and vents can provide a way for a fire to enter the home. Embers can easily be blown across a green lawn and ignite vegetation adjacent to the house. Leaf litter and needles can accumulate in or on roofs, gutters, decks, porches, and next to the house.
The same challenges apply to outbuildings, sheds, and detached garages. In addition to your home, vegetation management treatments should also be given to these structures using the same zone approach.
- Use Multi-Pane Or Tempered Glass For Your Windows:
As a fire approaches, close all windows and skylights to prevent ember entry. The glass is the most vulnerable part of the window. Multi-pane tempered glass is best because it distributes the heat load and provides a second layer of protection if the first pane fails.
Larger windows are more vulnerable than smaller windows. For vinyl windows, confirm there is a vertical or horizonal reinforcement bar.
We have found this video from A CalFire inspector explaining more about the preparations you should take: Video.
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