Steps to Reduce Your Home’s Risk for Wildfire Damage

Steps to Reduce Your Home’s Risk for Wildfire Damage

Take these wildfire precautions around your home this summer.

If you live in an area prone to wildfire, then you know just how devastating the damages from a fire can be.  You probably also know that summertime is prime wildfire season.  Luckily, there are precautions that you can take to reduce your home’s risk for wildfire damage.  Here are some of the things you should do around your house this summer.

Fireproof Your Roof

Oftentimes, the embers from a nearby wildfire can travel and land on your home’s roof.  If your roof is made of the traditional wooden shingles, then these embers can easily set it ablaze.  The best way to prevent this from happening is by making sure that your roof is constructed with non-flammable materials.  For instance, you should replace your wooden shingles with ones made of asphalt, metal, slate, or tile.

Create Defensible Space

Defensible space refers to a buffer zone that separates your home from flammable landscaping and woodland areas.  Creating adequate defensible space around your home can help prevent a wildfire from spreading to the actual structure of your home.  To create defensible space, you should remove all flammable items (dead plants, dry brush, wood piles, etc.) within a 30-foot radius around your home.

Keep Embers Out

Your home is filled with countless flammable items and, should a live ember from a nearby wildfire make its way inside your home, then your home could easily go up in flames.  To keep dangerous embers outside of your home you should keep your windows and doors closed, lock your doggy doors, and cover your home’s external vents with 1/8-inch thick hardware cloth.  This will prevent live embers from sneaking inside your home.

Take these precautions to reduce your home’s risk for wildfire damage this summer.  Want another way to take care of your home?  Then make sure that you have the right homeowners insurance protections in place.  For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the experts at Udell Family Insurance.  We are ready to get you covered today.

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