Live virtual workshop addresses roof ignition concerns

Blog Post created by cathyprudhomme Employee on Jun 12, 2014

As a reader of this blog you frequently learn about the many high caliber workshops, trainings and conferences NFPA offers year-round for a wide range of wildland/urban interface stakeholders.  Now residents in Firewise Communities/USA® sites throughout the nation can participate in a workshop directly from their kitchen table or home office through a unique learning opportunity being delivered in a virtual format. 

These one-hour workshops include a thirty minute presentation by a subject matter expert along with a thirty minute live “Ask an Expert” interactive opportunity for pre-selected homeowners to ask a question related to the workshop’s topic.  This learning format provides wildland/urban interface homeowners with information on how to make important mitigation modifications at their homes. 

Upcoming dates and topics include:

Tuesday, July 15 – 1pm (EDT):  Understanding How Embers Ignite Roofs in a Wildland Fire and How to Make Your Roof More Survivable

Tuesday, August 19 at 4pm (EDT):  Mulch Combustibility – Choosing the Right Type for Your Wildland/Urban Interface Home

It’s with great excitement that Dr. Stephen Quarles will be the featured presenter and “Ask an Expert” for both the July and August topics.  Steve is a senior scientist withthe Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety where heassists with research on building performance with regard to wildfire and moisture exposures. Prior to joining IBHS, he worked for the University of California where he addressed durability and in-service performance issues of wood-frame buildings, particularly those subjected to wildfires.

You’re invited to join Firewise Communities/USA® residents throughout the country in this special virtual workshop event!  Participation is limited to 100 “live attendees” so please register ASAP –we anticipate the sessions will fill quickly.  So don’t delay signup today.  Following the live workshop, the workshop in its entirety will be available for viewing at

Pre-registration for the live August 19 session will be available following the July 15th event.