Attached decks can spread fire to the house during wildfires

Blog Post created by cathyprudhomme Employee on Aug 22, 2017


The August edition of the five-part Wildfire Research Fact Sheet series produced by the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise USA program and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), details how an attached burning deck can ignite siding or break glass, allowing fire to gain entry into the house during a wildfire.


Whether building a new deck or taking steps to reduce an existing deck’s vulnerability, this month’s research fact sheet provides recommendations on building materials and design features, along with steps to create a noncombustible zone under the entire footprint of the deck.


Each fact sheet provides residents living in areas prone to wildfires with important research findings that can be implemented at the individual parcel level. They also provide forestry agencies and fire departments with a tool that can be utilized in their educational outreach efforts with homeowners; by providing a customizable option that personalizes the fact sheets with an agency/department logo.


Look for these upcoming topics in the September and October editions of the research fact sheets:  Fencing and Coatings.