4 Ways to Make Sure Your Home Isn’t Vulnerable to Wildfires
Wildfires are defined as large and consuming flames that ignite outdoors and burn natural terrain on a wide scale. Wildfires especially tend to form during summer weather because the heat and dryness of this season kindles grass, bushes and trees easily. Even though weather conditions during summer are a perfect catalyst for wildfires, the majority if these fires actually happen as a result of human error and negligence. The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates that up to 90% of wildfires in the country are caused due to negligent disposal of hot embers and cigarettes.
When it comes to protecting your home from wildfires, prevention is categorically better than cure. Wildfires may be unpredictable and destructive, but that doesn’t mean that people should idly stand by without at least taking measures to inhibit potential damage to personal property. Taking the right precautions can mean the difference between losing everything to a fire, and being able salvage invaluable possessions at the very least. Here are four ways to protect yourself and your property from wildfires.
1.- Clear out combustible vegetation around your home: One of the reasons why landscaping is so important is because this maintenance prevents excessive shrubbery from collecting. Aside from creating refuge for pests, dead leaves and twigs on a compound catch fire easily and feed wildfires generously. Regularly clearing dry debris out from roofs, gutters and the exterior of your home eliminates a significant source of fuel for wildfires should one ever reach the vicinity of your property.
2.- Seal of all vents, openings and crevices to your home: One of the specific ways that wildfires end up destroying homes is by burning through embers that drift into exposed crevices and vents on a building’s facade. Where possible, every exterior opening on a home should be sealed off with fire-proof mesh that does not have perforations larger than 1/8”. This helps block flames from burning in between the open gaps of a home’s structure.
3.- Store inflammables securely: Especially during the summer months when temperatures are warmer, proper storage of flammable household items is imperative to prevent fire-related accidents. Items such as gasoline, turpentine, propane gas tanks, lighter fluid, aerosol cans, and others should not be left out in the open or stored in areas likely to be reached by wildfires. Some inflammables don’t just catch fire, they worsen the situation with explosions.
4.- Use fire-resistant materials to decorate or renovate your home: Wherever possible, never construct or enhance your home with materials that easily catch fire. For instance when choosing plants to grow on your compound, choose trees and vegetation which don’t produce oils and resins because oils help spread flames. Or when constructing, use fire-retardant treated wood to ensure that property does not burn up without extreme exposure to heat.
Throughout all these preparations, also remember to be vigilant about areas on your property that are away from its main structures. Sheds, decks, patios, and fences for example are often neglected, yet they are especially susceptible to conditions that intensify fires. For more information on how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help protect your home from wildfires, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654.