Embers the size of cannonballs…

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Apr 15, 2015

Small burning embers carried by winds from a wildfire can put your roof and areas surrounding your home at risk. 

Warwick Trebuchet photo credit 10April15A burning cannonball, fired from the reportedly world’s largest working siege machine, landed sparks on the roof and destroyed a boathouse at the medieval Warwick Castle in central England on April 10

While your home will probably be safe from flaming cannonball trebuchet demonstrations gone horribly wrong, it’s important to remember that wildfires in dry conditions and strong wind can put you at risk if you’re not prepared.

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) researches the risk of burning embers on roofs, eaves, vents, guttering, decks, and the area IBHS ember testingaround a property.  This area can include plants around the home, mulch, stored firewood, and belongings.  You can see the impact of embers in this research test video on a full-sized home

NFPA calls this area the “Home Ignition Zone” and you can learn more about easy steps you can take in “Zone 1” around your home with desired landscaping and seasonal yard work

There is also valuable information from NFPA and IBHS you can utilize to protect your roof, venting, and other structural vulnerabilities

We’re still working on advice for airborne flaming cannonballs…

Photo Credit: Harley, Nicola. "Warwick Castle Cannonball Show Sets Fire to Historic Boathouse." 10 April 2015. 
Photo Credit: IBHS Research Center Ember Storm Test Highlights. Youtube. Captured 15 April 2015.