The Firewise Five: Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfire

Blog Post created by michelesteinberg Employee on Nov 16, 2010

I love lists, don't you? Here's a short and sweet set (based on our best science and research, of course) to take home and use.

  1. Homes that don’t ignite don’t burn. Start with your home and work your way out to make it more fire-resistant.
  2. Pay attention to the little things. Embers on roofs, gutters, decks, porches can burn homes down. Clear debris from these areas.
  3. If it’s attached to the house, it’s part of the house.  Clear debris from fences and decks; replace with nonflammable options if you can.
  4. Keep flames from touching your home. Make a 3-to-5-foot fuel-free space on all sides of your house and attachments.
  5. Screen test: openings or vents should have nonflammable, small-diameter screening to keep embers from entering and igniting your home.