As the hot, dry months of summer approach, we wanted to share some information we found that can help you protect your property from wildfires. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has compiled a comprehensive guide on some simple (and a few not so simple) things you can do to protect your property.
The not so simple things involve replacing roofs and decks/patios with materials that are non-combustible. While this might not be practical for existing roofs, its something to keep in mind if you are building new or replacing your roof /deck.
Some of the simpler suggestion include making sure your gutters are always free from debris, using spark arrestors on any chimneys, and making sure roof vents and attic windows are properly capped and secure.
One of the main suggestions is creating “defensible zones” around your home. This means removing (or thinning) any vegetation that is within 15 feet of your home and keeping any flammable liquids or materials at least 30 feet from your home. Don’t forget that the tops of trees count as well. The tree may be further from your home, but if the canopy is within 15 feet, it can easily cause the flames to jump to your home.
You can download the complete guide here. The PDF includes a checklist you can print and use.
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