Living in wildfire prone area has its own special dangers. A few simple steps can protect your home from wildfire and make one less likely to lose one’s home when the next conflagration occurs.
Colorado State University suggests creating what it calls “defensible zones” around the house. This means clearing foliage and other ignitable materials from around the home, denying a wildfire fuel to feed it and channel it to the home. Some plants can be treated to make them less apt to ignite when a wildfire encroaches. How one sets up these zones depends on a number of factors, including size and shape of the home, the slope of the ground, topography, the home’s building materials, and what type of plants one has around the home.
One thing a homeowner might do is to make sure his or her roof is fire resistant. According to the Insurance Institute for Home and Business Safety, various roofing materials are graded by how much they are fire resistant, with Class A being the most fire resistant. Any homeowner living in an area prone to wildfires should seriously consider getting his or her roof upgraded.
Generally a Class A roofing material would include asphalt fiberglass composition shingles and concrete or clay tiles. Some Class A material is classified “as assembled” which means that extra material is placed between the covering and sheathing, such as aluminum, fire retardant wood, or plastic and rubber.
If one is uncertain what class one’s roof is, especially in an older home, it is probably a good idea to get the roof replaced if one is in a wildfire area.
Finally, an application of FireIce, an environmentally friendly product that is safe for children, pets, and plants, will provide an extra protection for one's home in case of wildfire.
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