Building Resilient Homes: Preparing for Wildfire
This blaze underscores how year-round wildfires are impacting communities across the US—not just in regions deemed 'wildfire prone' and not just during what we’ve previously known as 'wildfire season.'– Jason Metzger, Head of Risk Management
Maintain defensible space around your home’s perimeter.
This tactic can slow or stop the spread of wildfire and help to prevent spot fires caused by flying embers. It does not mean you have to forgo a beautifully landscaped yard. Defensible space involves strategically clearing and placing vegetation in order to produce a buffer between your home or other structures on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs or any wildland area that surrounds them.
Cover openings like chimneys and stovepipes with metal mesh.
Up to 90% of wildfire damages to homes is from flying embers that enter the home through these openings. Avoid fiberglass or plastic mesh because these can melt or burn. For vents in eaves, however, metal mesh does not provide sufficient protection; use baffles in these areas instead. We also recommend that you place weather stripping around and under your garage door.
Install an exterior fire protection system.
These systems can have pre-treatment capabilities in addition to a sensor-based emergency response, and many can alert you when the system is activated. Options include water-based, foam-based and gel-based systems that spray your home in the event a wildfire is nearby.