The July edition of the five-part Wildfire Research Fact Sheet series produced by the Firewise USA™ program and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), highlights the importance of homeowners implementing the recommended actions for attic and crawl space vents to reduce potential building ignitions during a wildfire.
Windblown embers are the principal cause of building ignitions during wildfires; and one potential source of those ignitions occurs when embers gain entry to a home/building through attic and crawl space vents. NFPA and IBHS encourage homeowners to install the recommended mesh screening outlined in the July fact sheet, and to eliminate or reduce storage in those locations.
Each fact sheet in the series provides residents living in areas that have a wildfire risk, with important research information that can be incorporated into risk reduction projects being implemented at their home. They also provide forestry agencies and fire departments with a valuable tool that can be utilized in their educational outreach efforts; complete with a customizable option that provides the ability to personalize the sheets with their agency/department logo.
Look for these upcoming topics in the August – October editions of the research fact sheets: Decking; Fencing and Coatings.