NFPA aims to help residents in high risk areas learn what they can do to make their homes and communities safer from wildfire. One important group that can help educate property owners are REALTORS®. Professionals who belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) live up to a high standard of education and want to help their clients understand what is involved in living with nature. Many NAR members tuned in recently for a webinar that outlined the science of fire and how to keep homes from igniting during brush or forest fires. You can listen to and watch the recording of the webinar on WebEx.
During the presentation, I talked about the magnitude and scope of the wildfire disaster problem in the United States, and the science behind how homes burn. I laid out the basics of Firewise principles -- simple steps that can greatly reduce the chances that a home will ignite during a wildfire. These principles can help address what I refer to as the "98% problem"* and make communities a safer place to live, work and play.
You can learn more about the criteria of the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program as well as benefits to residents that include information in disclosure documents and insurance discounts. You can also find out about free and low-cost materials, training and other resources that NFPA has to offer.
*(Don't know what the 98% problem is? Check out the webinar to find out!)