Focus on your roof and gutters
Consider your windows
- Replace single-pane windows with dual- or multi-pane windows, preferably ones with tempered glass, and close them when wildfire threatens.
- Install window screens. Both plastic-clad fiberglass and metal screening will reduce radiant exposure to the glass and protect against ember entry, but neither will protect against flames.
Maintain and choose noncombustible materials for decks
- Remove debris and vegetation from your deck.
- Do not store wood on or underneath your deck. If you have no other option, installing a noncombustible siding product around the deck perimeter may be an option.
- When it’s time to replace deck boards, choose a noncombustible product or a combustible product that complies with the requirements of the California Building Code, as provided in the Office of the State Fire Marshal Building Materials Listing Program.
Consider exterior walls
- Ensure the start of siding is a minimum of 6 inches above the ground.
- Avoid untreated wood shingle and vinyl siding.
Keep embers out of eaves and vents
- Use ⅛-inch mesh screening over all vents.
- Box-in open eaves to create a soffited eave.