Protecting Your Home Against Wildfire
Top Ways to Safeguard Your Home From Wildfire
In California, the risk of wildfire is ever-present. However, with summer being particularly hot and dry, the risk of wildfires becomes even more apparent. As a homeowner, you may hope that the worst doesn’t happen to your home. Fortunately, there are many ways you can work to protect your home against wildfires. There are three main ways that wildfires can spread and cause damage to homes: via windborne embers, radiant heat, and direct flame contact. Take a look at these ways to make sure your home is protected.
- Maintain defensible space. Use noncombustible materials, such as gravel, brick, or concrete in this critical area (0-5 feet) adjacent to your home. The larger space, 5-30 feet, around your home should be clear of dead vegetation. Prune trees that overhang your roof.
- Reduce siding hazards. Maintain 6-inch ground-to-siding clearance, and consider revamping your siding with noncombustible siding.
- Remove debris from the roof. Regularly remove debris from the roof and gutters since it has the possibility of being easily ignited by wind-blown embers.
- Tend to the vents and eaves. Keep embers out of vents by using 1/8” mesh to cover them. Box in open-eaves to create a soffit eave.
- Reduce desk risks. At a minimum, use deck boards that comply with California requirements for new construction in wildfire-prone areas, remove combustibles, and maintain effective defensible space.
Another great way to ensure your property is adequately protected is to review your home insurance. Should the worst happen, you will want to rely on your home coverage to restore your property and belongings. To find the right coverage for your needs, work with one of our friendly and experienced agents at Falsken & Associates Insurance Agency serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and neighboring cities in California.