Our Fire Protection Specialists can evaluate your property and provide actionable recommendations on how to best harden your home against wildfires. They will also answer any questions you have about our company and products.
Aspects We Consider When Evaluating a Property’s Wildfire Risk
Topography of the site, slope, prevailing winds, fire history in the neighborhood.
Roof type and condition (Class A or hardened roof?), flashing condition, chimney, roof vents, gable vents, 1/8” minimum heavy-duty metal screen, cracks or gaps, combustible materials or leaf litter buildup.
Eaves & Gutters
Eave vents, 1/8” or smaller heavy-duty metal screen, gutter type, eaves boxed vs. unboxed, downspouts and gutters clear of debris, leaf/debris guards on gutters.
Structure & Additions
Siding, Garage door seal, garage vents, doors metal or wood, crawl space vents, 1/8” minimum heavy-duty metal screening, windows plastic, metal or wood, windows single or double pained, metal screens, decks, fences arbors/pergolas, additions, propane tanks.
Vegetation & Defensible Space
Space between bushes, brown or dead plants, ladder fuel, mulch, leaf litter or other combustible detritus, open canopy of trees, low tree branches trimmed to at least head height.
RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUES FOR HARDENING YOUR HOME
- Fire resistant roofing
- Fire-wise vents
- Address structural gaps/openings
- Metal or wood windows
- Treat exterior with long-lasting fire retardants (i.e. SPF 3000)
- Keep propane tanks/barbecues clear of house
- Consider Fire resistant siding or SPF 3000-treat existing wood
- Fire-wise landscaping
- Maintain good defensible space
- Install gutter covers to keep gutters clear of debris
- Consider boxed eaves
- Sprinkler systems
- Fire safes/cabinets
- We also encourage all homeowners to have a rehearsed family emergency plan and a clear understanding of their insurance policy.
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