📛 Wildfire ready homes

In light of the latest round of devastating wildfires, it’s worth taking some time to look at our own risks.

Why it matters: Even in cities without a history of wildfires, intense heat waves can make our homes more susceptible to fire.

🖼️ The big picture: IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety) conducts ongoing research to determine best practices for resilient construction methods.

  • Their research is focused on protecting our homes from hail, high winds, wind-driven rain and wildfires.

⛏️ Dig deeper: Learn to be Wildfire Ready at DisasterSafety.org

  • “No one thing reduces risk completely—the solution requires a system.”

📝 What to do next: Consider your home in light of these tips:

👉 Make sure your roof is fire-rated

  • Nearly all asphalt shingles are Class A fire-rated (Class A is best)

👉 Create a buffer in the “Home Ignition Zone” — 0-5 feet around the home

  • Hardscapes like gravel or pavers are best.
  • Trim trees so that branches do not extend over the roof and are at least 6 feet off the ground (for shorter trees trim from the ground up to 1/3 the tree’s height)

👉 Remove items under your deck

  • Under a deck is not a good place to store any combustible materials

👉 Add or upgrade vent screens

  • Attic, roof and crawlspace vents with metal screens 1/8 inch or finer prevent embers from entering

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