Follow these recommendations for businesses located in wildfire-prone areas.
Reduce vegetative fuel
Create a vegetation maintenance plan to reduce ignition sources. If using plants around the building, select ones with low combustibility characteristics such as high moisture content, low oil or resin content, deep roots with thick heavy leaves, and minimal production of dead vegetation.
Check fire hydrants
Ensure fire hydrants are located no more than 250 feet from the primary buildings and are connected to a reliable public or private water source.
Use noncombustible materials for all signage
Choose the right windows
Select windows that are dual-paned with tempered glass. For operational windows, install screens to cover sections that can open. Always close windows when wildfire threatens.
Clean and use noncombustible materials for roof and gutters
- Regularly remove debris from roof and gutters, since it can be ignited by wind-blown embers.
- Select gutters and downspouts made of noncombustible materials such as aluminum. The gutter should incorporate an integral metal flashing at the roof edge, or a separate flashing should be used at the roof edge.
- Select roof covers with a Class A fire rating based on testing to ASTM E108 or UL 790.
Choose noncombustible materials for decks