Wildfire season has begun. Research has shown that a house with both a fire resistant roof and a Firewise zone surrounding it is 85% more likely to survive a wildfire than one that is not, so be prepared! Here are some tips that will help you improve your level of fire protection.
If you are replacing your roof, choose a Class A – or fire resistant – product. Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your house in a wildfire because of its large size and its susceptibility to flying embers (firebrands).
- Dead pine needles are fuel. Keep them off your roof, out of your gutters and away from the foundation of your house.
- Prune your shrubs, removing all dead branches. Limb trees up to 6-10′ from the ground. Take the green waste to a local disposal site.
- If branches are hanging over your roof, trim them back. Then clear your roof of leaf or needle litter.
- Keep your lawn mowed and watered, as fire moves quickly through dry grass and weeds.
- Store firewood at least 30 ft. from your house – especially during fire season.
- The weed abatement ordinance is available by going to Abatement Code