How To Protect Your Home From Wildfires

Posted by Phil Boren on Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 10:59am.

California wildfires have been devastating in recent years, and homeowners have been hit from all directions from the consequences. Many have lost their homes, some their lives, and home-insurance companies have cancelled or refused to renew over 300,000 policies in high-fire-prone areas of California. When wildfires are burning, it's too late to try and protect your home and property, you may only have minutes to evacuate. It can pay to be proactive in protecting your California home from wildfire, so the following tips are way you can improve your odds of protecting yourself and your property (click on the pic to see the full report from The California Association of Realtors®).

Protect Your California Home From Wildfires

From the full report above, there are a few common areas of concern you can address:

  • Roof
  • Vents
  • Walls
  • Gutters
  • Defensible space around the structure(s)
  • Windows
  • Make sure your address is visible from the road
  • Remove combustibles, i.e. leaves, dead branches, etc., from the grounds and exterior decks
  • Make sure to adequately maintain all driveways and access roads

We recently wrote about other wildfire risk(s) that have to be considered, but the above common areas of vulnerability are good ones to think about when you're trying to protect yourself and your property from California wildfires. Some, like the roof, defensible space, etc., are pretty self-explanatory, but others you might have to think about. For example, why would keeping your address visible from the street be important? If/when firefighters are trying to help, it can be important for them to be able to identify your property. Likewise, keeping all driveways and access road(s) properly maintained can be critically important.

We hope these tips will help you; please share with anyone else who may be affected by California wildfires.

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