|Protecting your Home from Wildfire
Careful planning and preparation will ensure your home escapes a blaze
|Fortress Against Fire
Roofing: Burning embers landing on wood shingle or wood shake roofs has destroyed hundreds of homes. If you already have a wood roof, you can reduce the danger by treating it with fire-retardant materials. Fire department authorities say that some products provide a high degree of fire resistance. However, long-term protection isn’t guaranteed, and you may have to re-treat the wood periodically.If you’re building a new home or are ready to replace an existing roof, consider non-combustible or fire-resistant materials, such as Class-A asphalt shingles, metal, cement and concrete products, or terra-cotta tiles.
Windows: Double-pane windows, with insulating air between the panes, fare better than single panes, which often break from rapid temperature changes during a fire, or from airborne burning objects striking them. Tempered glass is a better choice than plate glass, especially for large picture windows. Also, smaller panes hold up better than large ones.
Vents: Vents around the attic, under the eaves and under floors are other entry points for hot embers. To prevent sparks from entering your home, cover vents with wire mesh screens no larger than one-eighth inch square.
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