Wildfires: Wildfire - Protective Measures
Material provided by Federal Alliance for Safe Homes http://www.flash.org/
Wildfire Protection Tips
- Fire resistant plant species should be considered for use in the defensible space. Check with your local extension agent for a list of fire resistant plants and trees for your area.
- Firewood must be stored at least 50 feet away from the house and other structures.
- Noncombustible screening with a mesh size no greater than 1/4 inch must cover the fireplace chimney, the attic, eaves and the underside of above ground decks.
- Roof assembly must have a Class A fire resistive rating, wood shakes and shingles are not recommended.
- Gutters and downspouts must be made of noncombustible materials.
- Homes must feature a noncombustible street number at least four inches high on a contrasting background visible from the road.
- Driveways must be at least 12 feet wide with at least 15 feet of vertical clearance.
- LP gas containers must be located at least 30 feet away from any structure and surrounded with 10 feet of clearance.
Clean Your Gutters
Something as simple as making sure that your gutters, eaves, and roof are clear of debris can reduce your fire threat.
Although some vinyl will not burn, during the Florida wildfires of 1998, firefighters found that some vinyl soffits melted allowing embers into the attic space.
Install Smoke Alarms
Install smoke alarms and test them twice a year. Change batteries every six months at a minimum.
Have at least one dry chemical fire extinguisher on hand.
Review Home Insurance Policy
Review your current homeowner's insurance policy. Write down the name of your insurance company, policy number and telephone number and store it in a convenient place.