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How to protect your home or business from wildfires

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | Firm News

Wildfires can pose a significant threat to California residents’ homes, and it’s essential to take proactive steps to protect your property. With a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of damage from wildfires and keep your home and family safe.

Create a defensible space

A defensible space is an area around your home where flammable materials, such as dry grass, trees and shrubs, have been cleared or reduced to create a barrier against the fire. The defensible space should extend at least 30 feet from your space on all sides to best protect from business and home fires.

The area closest to your home should be free of all flammable materials, such as dead leaves, dry brush and woodpiles. This area should also be well-watered and maintained regularly.

Keep gutters and roofs clean

Gutters and roofs are two of the most vulnerable areas in your home during a wildfire. Leaves, pine needles and other debris can accumulate in your gutters, providing fuel for a fire. Regularly cleaning your gutters and removing any debris can help reduce this risk.

Your roof is also vulnerable to flying embers during wildfires. Installing fire-resistant roofing materials and keeping your roof free of debris can help reduce the risk of a fire starting.

Install fire-resistant windows and doors

Windows and doors are other weak points in your home’s defense against wildfires. Installing fire-resistant windows and doors can help reduce the risk of a fire spreading through your home.

Fire-resistant windows and doors are made from tempered glass and other materials that can withstand high temperatures. They are designed to prevent flames from entering your home and can help protect your property from a wildfire.

Prepare an emergency kit

An emergency kit should include essential items, such as water, food, first aid supplies and important documents. It’s also a good idea to have a plan in place for evacuating your home. Make sure all family members are aware of the plan and have a designated meeting place outside of the danger zone.

Stay informed

Keeping up-to-date on the latest wildfire conditions in your area is crucial for protecting your home. Sign up for emergency alerts and stay informed of any evacuation orders or other instructions from local officials.

Stay safe during the dry months

Protecting your home from wildfires requires a combination of preparation, planning and proactive measures. With these simple steps, you can increase your chances of keeping your home and family safe during a wildfire.