Tips for Fireproofing your Home

Unfortunately, the cooler temperatures in the fall have done little to quell the wildfires that have plagued our state. As the premier realtor for the Brea homes for sale, I would like to offer you the following tips on how to fireproof your home.

Clear Debris

Yard debris can be one of the first things to catch fire in the case of a wildfire. Make sure to clear all debris and flammable items from around your home. These items include:

  • Dry grass, bushes or shrubs.
  • Stacks of firewood and other combustible materials.
  • Remove any dead trees or limbs in your yard.

It is recommended that you clear all debris and create a 30 foot perimeter around your home. This perimeter will greatly increase the chances of a fire crew being able to protect your home and property.

Remember:

Wooden decks and wooden fences also are fire hazards, so make sure to take all the necessary steps and precautions you can when creating the perimeter around your home.

Clean your Eaves

One of the most common ways that wildfires spread are through sparks that find combustible material. Chances are, your eavestroughs are full of combustible material, so make sure to clean all the debris from them.

While you are cleaning your eaves, look at any vents on your roofs. You may want to think about upgrading these vents to ember resistant vents. These vents are available at most home improvement stores and offer another layer of protection.

Your Roof Matters

Even with fire resistant vents and clean eavestroughs, the roof of your home is the most vulnerable part of your house. Wood and shake shingles are a huge fire hazard so when looking for a home opt for a Class A rated roof such as asphalt shingles. If you are looking for the ultimate fireproof roof material, I suggest tile or steel.

The same advice goes for your home’s siding. Wood offers very little protection whereas stucco or fiber cement stands up quite well to fire.

Have a Plan

No one ever wants to leave their home and their personal belongings behind, but unfortunately, sometimes evacuations are necessary. Once you have done all you can to fireproof your home, make sure you have a plan to get out of your home in a timely manner and have all of your personal belongings ready to go. Have your vehicles gassed up, listen for updates and have plenty of water and food that is easily accessible. Fires can travel fast and are often very unpredictable, so time may be of the essence.

Remember:

Everything can be replaced so make sure that you have a safety plan for you and your loved ones. Leave the fires to the experts.

Unfortunately, wildfires have become part of the new normal in California. These tips will allow you to be proactive rather than reactive if a wildfire ever threatens Brea and its surrounding areas.

If you would like any more information about the wildfires and how to protect your home or would like to see some of the intriguing new homes for sale in Brea, please contact me today.

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