IBHS Guide to Creating a Fire Adapted Home

What Does it Take to Protect Your Home from Wildfire?

Protecting your home from wildfire damage requires limiting the amount of fuel that could bring flames and embers dangerously close to your property. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) recommends you create three defensible zones around your home: 0-5 ft., 5 ft.-30 ft. and 30 ft.-100 ft. – or to
the property line. Focus on limiting the amount of combustible items on your property, as well as using and maintaining noncombustible mulch and vegetation.

The following guidance is intended to help you choose appropriate materials and use proper construction practices when rebuilding, repairing or renovating your home. This information is based on field research and wildfire testing conducted at the IBHS Research Center and by other leading fire science organizations.