Explaining the "why's" of creating defensible space

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Jun 25, 2014
Post-fire studies, experiments and models show that homes ignite due to the condition of the home itself and everything around it within 100-200 feet. Embers from a grass, brush or forest fire can reach homes on the wind and ignite flammable objects on or around the home. Embers can also blow into attic vents, open windows, under decks and into nooks and crannies on the roof.
With this information in hand, many homeowners continue to work on creating "defensibe space" around their property as a way to reduce their home's vulnerability from potential ignition.Projects like cleaning out gutters, raking leaves and clearing dead debris from the yard and moving wood piles away from the home are just a few of the many simple and easy steps residents can take everyday that really make a difference.

But many people have asked us lately and rightly so... "OK, so while mitigating risk in my own home ignition zone is great, what if I live closer than 100 - 200 feet from my neighbor, and they haven't done any mitigation work? To be safer, shouldn't everyone be creating defensible space ... together?"HIZ
Well, we're glad you asked. And the answer is a resounding "yes!" The latest home ignition zone graphic, developed byNFPA, shows what this scenario looks like. It's also part of an updated web page that highights the "why" of creating defensible space and provides talking points that can help youget the discussion started with friends and neighbors
Check out the new page today! For more information about action steps you can take, NFPA provides aFirewise checklist for homeowners and asafety tips sheet that are both easy to download and print!