Create Defensible Space
Maintain 3 zones around your structure, collectively called defensible space.
- Remove dead vegetation.
- Trim branches overhanging roof.
- Remove combustible materials in the 0-5 FT zone.
Maintain Roof & Gutters
Debris (including leaves and pine needles from nearby and overhanging trees) will accumulate on roofs and in gutters. Dry debris can be ignited by wind-blown embers.
Routinely remove debris from the roof and gutters, including around skylights.
Seal Garage Door
Openings, such as garage doors, can be an easy entry point for wildfire embers. Installing garage weatherstripping along the top and sides of the door can help reduce ember entry.
Remove debris and vegetation from your deck. Do not store wood on or underneath your deck. Move combustibles, like patio umbrellas and furniture, inside.
Assess Wildfire Risks
Review your insurance policy to make sure you’re covered in the event of a wildfire. In addition, create a home inventory to assist in the claims process.
Talk With Neighbors
Wildfire preparedness is a community effort. Get neighbors involved, as their risk is your risk.