It’s Wildfire Season. What Can You Do to Protect Your Home?

Carolyn Konecki, Private Client Manager
Last winter’s record rainfall meant an end to the drought, but it also led to an abundant growth of wild grasses and plants. Those plants have dried out over the summer, creating a large supply of fuel sources for a fire. Many fire experts are predicting Southern California will experience several large wildfires this year, the kind that the Pacific Northwest and Northern California have already experienced.

It is important for you to remember that the fire agencies do not have the resources to protect every home when hundreds of homes are threatened. It is imperative that you make your home as fire resistant as possible, especially from flying embers. A hot ember can travel up to one mile and slowly smolder in your attic, roof, under the eaves or in a wood pile, until it starts a fire.

Here are some tips to protect your home from a wildfire and flying embers:

  1. Clear at least 100 feet of defensible space around your home – removing overhanging tree branches, clearing gutters and roofs and thinning out plants.
  2. Replace combustible roofs and fences with non-combustible materials.
  3. Replace your roof vents with ember-resistant vents.
  4. If you have a clay tile roof, make sure the end tiles are capped with mortar or bird stops.
  5. Enclose or “box” your eaves.
  6. Replace your single-pane windows with double pane windows, or add fire-resistant shutters.

Watch my 1-minute video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18p3yyHxgtw) to learn more. For more tips or to get a copy of the complete Managing the Risk of Wildfire, call me at 619-744-0545 or click HERE.