Living in an area that is prone to wildfires probably has you searching for ways to make your home invincible to fire. The truth is there is no way to completely make your home wildfire-repellant. If there is a raging inferno eating its way through the trees straight for your home, there is not much you can do to stop it. However, there are a few things you can do that will give your home a fighting chance.
Embers from an approaching wildfire can land on the roof of your home and set it on fire. If you have a roof that is made out of regular shingles or even wood, the chances of your home surviving the fire are reduced drastically. Your roof should be made out of material that is fire-resistant, like slate, tile, or metal.
If you have single-paned windows, you should consider having them replaced with double-paned. Single paned can easily shatter, which will allow burning embers into your home. This could catch your drapes on fire. Also, if there is an active wildfire, you should take down your drapes and move the furniture away from the walls and windows.
You should always keep fire-retardant gel at your home. Soaking your home and surrounding vegetation with a fire-retardant gel when an active wildfire is near can drastically reduce the chances your home will catch fire.
One of the many advantages of owning a home is being able to landscape your yard the way you want. However, if you live in an area that is at a high risk for wildfires, your landscaping should be done with the possibility of a wildfire in mind. One thing you should do is make sure that no flammable vegetation is planted within 100 feet of your home. Pine and fir trees, fallen leaves, vines, overgrown grass are all highly flammable and should be removed.
Skip using any type of wood decorations around your home. Although a beautiful wood fence might look gorgeous, it can simply be a fuse for the fire to run along. Instead, use material that is less likely to catch fire, like brick or stone. In fact, a brick or stone patio around the perimeter of your home can create a barrier from approaching fire.
Living in a wildfire-prone area can be very scary. If you have any doubts about how fire-resistant your home is, ask your local fire department to come survey your land and home. They can have vital suggestions that may save your home in case of a wildfire. For assistance preparing your land, contact a company like Community Sciences Corporation.Share