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What to Do When Preparing for a Wildfire

Few natural disasters are as terrifying – and potentially devastating – for a homeowner as an out-of-control wildfire. If you live in a heavily wooded area or your home is located in a place where there is a high risk for wildfires, it’s absolutely vital that you take the precautions necessary to prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of a fire. Fire damage restoration can be a costly, complicated and time-consuming process, so it’s best to do everything in your power to protect your home and minimize any potential damage that may occur beforehand. To that end, here are some fire damage prevention tips:

  • Install smoke detectors on every floor of your house, and in each and every bedroom.

  • Plan escape routes and pack a survival bag including water, cash, clothing, non-perishable foods, irreplaceable documents or keepsakes, and other essentials so you are prepared for a mandatory evacuation at all times.

  • Reduce your risk for fire damage by clearing brush around your home. Most experts recommend creating a safety zone of at least 30 feet around your home’s perimeter. Remove flammable vegetation like eucalyptus, pine and fir, and replace with fire retardant species. In addition, all dead leaves, branches, trees and grass should be removed, and grass should be trimmed regularly and kept short (2 inches or less in length).

  • A “secondary safety zone” should stretch to around 100 feet from your home. Do your best to remove all dead, flammable vegetation from this area as well, for added protection.

  • Store combustible or flammable materials, including gasoline, propane and firewood, in safety containers as far from the house as possible.

  • Clear leaves, trash and vegetation from porches, decks, patios and roofs, and use non-flammable building materials (like concrete, brick or metal) whenever possible.

  • Replace standard windows with dual or triple-pane thermal glass in order to prevent shattering and reduce heat conductivity.

  • Choose fire-resistant siding materials, and regularly treat all exterior wood paneling with fire-retardant chemicals.

  • Install wire mesh inside of chimneys, stovepipes and air vents in order to prevent sparks from flying inside and igniting within the home during a wildfire.

In the event that your home does suffer wildfire-related damage, your best bet is to contact a professional for their fire damage restoration service. Not only will this ensure the best results possible, but it will also keep you safe from hazards like smoke inhalation.