12. May 2014 05:48
Wildfires are an unpredictable phenomenon that a large percentage of homeowners could face sometime in their lifetime. In many instances homeowners have little or no time to prepare their personal items or property so it is imperative they have a plan in place. To protect yourself from a wildfire you must first analyze the potential risks within your local area and what ways you can protect your property.
Wildfires are caused by a host of factors including manmade and natural with the majority coming from lightning strikes and accidental manmade fires. Homeowners who live in or around natural woodlands are the highest risk factor, but area on the edge of suburbia are at risk as well. Wild fires don’t know boundaries and will spread wherever there is fuel and the wind pushes it. Weather patterns make wildfires so unpredictable that they can change course several times an hour leaving homeowner will little time to react.
There are steps homeowners can take to be prepared if they are faced with sudden wild fire risk. Assess the fuel available for fires on and near your property and work to reduce it as much as possible. Create a fire break on the edge of your property with a non-fuel material such as rocks or dirt. Having your property in prepared condition allows you more time for other measures such as applying a fire retardant to your structure. Protect your home from wildfire with FireIce a flame retardant that is easily applied to your home within a short time period and ideal for sudden fire risks. FireIce, a product that when mixed with water creates a fire retardant gel is quickly applied to all vulnerable surfaces. A homeowner can leave with confidence that their preparation and fire retardant gives them the best chance at avoiding a loss.
If you would like more information on products that could save your house from a wildfire, please contact us.
22. April 2014 06:12
The new home market over the last two decades has turned to new outlying areas for building locations to take advantage of the privacy and scenery. These wildland-urban areas, as they are referred to by fire professionals, have a significantly increased fire threat. The threat not only comes from direct fire, but from wind-carried embers.
According to Ready, Set, Go!, a national fire prevention program managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Wildland Urban Interface fire threat is steep due to continued development and exposure. These areas are found throughout the country and are not recognized by how they look, but by the conditions they contain. A wildland urban interface is often where cities meet rural areas which are typically state or federally owned lands. These areas contain multiple fuel sources for wildfires, such as dead trees and decaying materials that are not typically managed properly.
Homeowners in these areas are at an elevated risk due to the wildfire threat in the landscape adjacent to their home. Many of these areas prohibit landowners from altering the this land because of state and federal land use restrictions. Homes within these areas are typically damaged by the wind-blown embers from nearby fires. These embers can ignite the structure or local area on fire, which then reach the home. Homeowners can protect their home from wildfire with FireIce; when applied, it protects structures such as home and outbuildings from embers. When mixed with water, FireIce creates a gel that adheres to almost any surface--creating a fire-retardant barrier. This is critical in preventing the wind-blown embers from igniting flammable, exposed surfaces such as roofing, siding and deck materials.
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17. March 2014 05:58
Wildfires have become a common addition to most news outlets over the past few years as the frequency of these disasters continue to increase. According to a recent article by USA Today “Western lawmakers push legislation to prevent wildfires” wildfires in the last decade have burned more land than the previous four combined. This increased threat means all homeowners in fire threat areas need to be prepared.
Western legislators are rallying to change the way designated fire suppression funds are used. In recent years, large fires or “mega-fires”, eat a large percentage of this budget which is meant for forest maintenance to reduce the risk of fires. As more and more of this budget gets used for fighting fires the more forests are becoming even more at-risk of a fire. This poses a great risk for homeowners, especially those at the edge of the wilderness.
Homeowners need to have a fire plan, perform property fire prevention maintenance and have fire protection products on-hand to fully protect their property from being decimated from a fire. It is critical that homeowners and families have a plan in place so they can evacuate quickly. Preventative maintenance on landscaping and all structures such as preventing debris buildup, removing dead branches from trees and creating a fire buffer greatly reduces the spread of fire. An often overlooked piece of the puzzle is a flame retardant product to protect structures in case fire does reach them. Protecting your home from wildfire with FireIce
by Geltech is an ideal solution that can be quickly applied to your home before you evacuate. The flame retardant gel creates a fire-proof barrier on your home that can withstand the high temperatures of a wildfire. If you would like more information on products to help save your home in case of a wild fire, please contact us.