How to Protect Your Home From Wildfires
We know that fire advisories are becoming more intense, and at times more frequent, because of factors like climate change. It is important for homeowners to feel prepared. Experts say there are a number of general tips that can help with home wildfire protection.
Here’s what you need to know.
What Steps to Take to Help Protect Your Home From Wildfires
There are a number of fire defense steps homeowners can take ahead of wildfire season to reduce risk. Those measures span from actions one can take in the home-building stage all the way to regular landscaping strategies and home maintenance.
For instance, regularly changing your home HVAC system’s air filters can help handle the increase in particulate matter in the air.
Otherwise, preparation steps include gathering a go-bag for you and anyone else who resides in the home with essentials like medications, clothes, and any pertinent documentation and paperwork.
Here’s an annual checklist homeowners can reference for wildfire safety preparations:
|Trim and remove any branches overhanging within 10 feet of your home|
|Remove flammable objects (including propane tanks, lawn mowers, lawn furniture, etc.) from within 30 feet of the home|
|Maintain lawns, making sure they are watered and mowed; if your region is under a water-conservation ordinance, clear any debris that could easily catch fire|
|Check roofs, gutters and outdoor areas for flammable objects like dead leaves and twig buildup; also check for loose roof shingles or tiles|
|Consider installing fire-resistant curtains or blinds; in turn, take note of flammable curtains and other materials placed in or near windows|
|Note any openings into a home, including doggy doors|
What Renovations Can Help Protect Your Home From Wildfires?
There are several projects homeowners can undertake to increase their home wildfire protection.
1. Installing a Metal Roof
In regions prone to fire, roofs made of wood or asphalt can be particularly vulnerable to damage. Metal roofs have a Class A fire rating, which is the highest fire-resistant score available.
Be aware of large price range depending on material chosen
2. Upgrading Window Glasses
Large panes of glass can break in high heat. Smaller, double-paned windows can help keep heat and fire from your home longer.
Multiple panes of glass means if one breaks, you are still protected
Available in multiple materials and sizes to fit your budget
Avoid vinyl frames, which do not withstand high heat well
3. Firesafe Landscaping
There are a number of landscaping options homeowners can look into that can help keep fire from the home.
Look into hardscaping to create fire defense zones
Clear debris and dead leaves at least 30 ft around your home
Keep trees trimmed and healthy
If you live in a wildfire-prone area, take a look at what you can afford, and then take a look at what upgrades your home could use most. Then use this list to help you decide what makes the most sense for protecting your home.