Protect Your Home

Tips and advice for homeowners living in a Wildland-Urban Interface to protect their home, their property, and their lives.

When building your home, choosing fire-resistant materials is key.

Roof Construction

-Wood shingles are highly flammable
-Asphalt shingles, concrete, metal, and cement products will provide a roof that is fire resistant

Exterior Construction

-Materials that resist flames include brick, masonry, stucco, and cement
-Double pane glass windows can also increase your home’s resistance to fir

Your Property

Your property should be free and clear of excess trees and fuel sources.

Around Your Home

-Clear an area free of trees and shrubs 100 to 200 feet around you home
-A green, watered lawn can help keep fire at bay
-Firewood, dead vegetation, and other fuel sources should be removed from around your home

Surrounding Property

-Trees should be cleared and spaced 30 to 50 feet apart
-Undergrowth and low-hanging branches can become ladder fuel and should be removed
-Keep property well watered
-Choose fire resistive plants with high moisture content

Your Access

If fire comes, make sure that you can leave and fire crews can arrive.

-Street signs and house numbers should be clearly visible for fire crews
-Driveways should be large and allow for turn around and easy access
-Clear areas for emergency vehicles, including vertical space for equipment

Your Safety

Whether you stay or leave when the fire comes, your safety is first priority.

If You Stay

-Alert fire crews to your presence
-Be prepared with adequate water supply
-Turn on sprinklers, place hoses on your roof
-You vehicle should face out from your garage if an evacuation is necessary

If You Go

-Bring emergency supplies, including water, first-aid, clothes, radio, etc.
-Make plans ahead of time for a place to stay
-Before leaving your home, place a hose on the roof, turn on sprinklers, and if possible, wrap your home in fire retardant foil

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