|How do I protect my home from wildfire?
Protecting your home from wildfire
There are several things you can do to help protect your home from the threat of wildfire.
- Select a safe site—when buying or building your home, choose a level location, at least 30 feet from a ridge or cliff.
- Create a defensible space—remove dry grass, brush, dead leaves, and pine needles. Remove highly flammable plants and replace them with fire-resistive, high moisture ones. Relocate woodpiles away from structures. Keep trees pruned.
- Make your roof, walls and windows fire-resistant—if you have wood shakes, treat them with fire retardant or replace them with non-combustible materials such as asphalt shingles, tile, slate, metal, brick or stone. Replace plate glass with tempered.
- Install screens on chimneys, vents, eaves and gutters—flying sparks can enter through any opening. Keep gutters free of leaves, pine needles and debris.
- Check all additional structures—wooden decks, fences, and trellises can act as fuses, leading fire to your house. Clean leaves and debris from under patios. Consider building ground-level terraces. Don’t attach wooden fences to your house.
- Be accessible—make sure your driveway is well marked and wide enough for fire trucks to enter.
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