Protecting Your Home During a Wildfire - Safety Information
Wildfires can spread rapidly, with little-to-no warning, often going unnoticed until it is too late. These wildfires, commonly started by human error, quickly ignite and burn through tinder-dry bushes and trees, and unfortunately spread to nearby homes as well. If you live in or near a fire-prone area there are various ways that you can help reduce the chance for severe damage to your home and property, by designing and landscaping your home with wildfire safety in mind; selecting materials and plants that can help contain a fire rather than fuel it.
For Home Design and Construction
Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of the dwelling. Treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking, or trim with fire-retardant chemicals evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory. Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees around your property such as hardwoods, and avoid more flammable pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
For Home Maintenance and Safety
- Regularly clean your roof and gutters to remove any debris
- Install a fire alarm on every floor in your home and test monthly
- Ask the power company to remove any branches that are near or on the power lines
- Ensure that you have at least a 100-foot radius of defensible space (cleared vegetation) around your home
Should you be directed to evacuate your home due to a wildfire, follow the instructions of local officials, and be sure to take your battery operated radio, disaster preparedness kit and lock the door behind you when evacuating. Visit the U.S. Fire Administration
website for additional tips.
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