Protect your home from the top down

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Mar 20, 2013

Wooden TilesNow, if we’re operating under the assumption that wildfire destroying homes and property should be avoided, there are a few vital steps to better protect your home. Roofs are exceptionally vulnerable to embers that blow in on the wind. So, non-flammable roof coverings as well as clean gutters are crucial.

Surrounding the house, clear out debris from beneath decks and porches, and keep a fuel free space 3-5 feet around the perimeter of your home. Be conscious of the effect that geography has on wildfire: while thinning vegetation within 30 feet of your home might work on level ground, fire moves more quickly uphill, so 50-100 feet would be safer if you live on a slope.

Find many more tips and tools in the Information and Resources section of Firewise.