1. What is the North Light Wildfire Mitigation Program?
This is a program in which – at no additional cost to you– Firebreak trained personnel provide fire mitigation services to properties threatened by wildfires in select Southern California locations. The goal of the North Light Wildfire Mitigation Program is to protect and treat properties in the proximity of an active wildfire. This may not always be possible. We cannot guarantee that one of the service trucks will be able to reach all threatened properties enrolled in the program during a wildfire.
2. Why is North Light providing this service?
Throughout California we have seen the devastation wildfires can have on people’s homes and lives. We have worked with many customers who have suffered from this, and as part of our efforts to develop new and innovative ways to help protect our customers from these types of losses, we are offering this program to help reduce wildfire damage. We hope it will help us gain a better understanding of the process and its effectiveness.
3. Who administers this service?
Firebreak Spray Systems, LLC (Firebreak) provides this service.
4. Who will respond during a wildfire?
Firebreak will respond. Firebreak’s Wildfire Prevention Specialists are “Firefighter I” certified with the state of California and have state or national wildland firefighter training and experience. For additional information, please visit www.firebreaksystems.com.
5. What will this service cost me?
The North Light Wildfire Mitigation Program is offered at no additional charge to current North Light homeowners in the selected areas.
6. What happens if my home is sprayed but is still damaged by a wildfire?
This service does not guarantee that wildfire will not damage your home, but it may decrease the probability of damage. It may also minimize any damage that does occur. Even with this program you should take all recommended fire safety practices, such as clearing the brush away from your residence. If your home is sprayed but still sustains wildfire damage, you can still submit a claim for the fire damage, as you normally would. Your claim, as always, will be subject to the terms and conditions of your North Light policy.
7. What do I need to do to receive this service?
Customers with properties in certain designated locations may opt-in to this program. If you choose to participate in this program, you must complete and sign an Opt-In form and send it to the following address:
200 Burns & Wilcox Center
9370 Chesapeake Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
Please Note: If you do not sign and send the Opt-In form, you will not be included in the North Light Wildfire Mitigation Program and Firebreak personnel will not service/treat your property. Opting in to this program may take up to two weeks to process.
Even if you choose to participate in this program, we cannot guarantee that Firebreak will be able to reach your house during a wildfire. We assume no additional obligations for damage to your property, however caused, greater than the terms, conditions and coverages provided in your insurance policy, based on a failure to provide this limited complimentary service, no matter the reason.
8. What should I do if I do not want to receive this service?
If you do not want to participate in this program, no further action is necessary.
9. What is the material that may be sprayed on and/or around on my property?
This substance is a long-term fire retardant called Phos-Chek® LC-95W. The company that manufactures Phos-Chek is ICL Performance Products. Once applied correctly, Phos-Chek will help protect your home and property long before a wildfire begins. Phos-Chek has been synonymous with world-class fire fighting chemicals for over 40 years. Applying Phos-Chek to or around your property will increase the chances that your home will survive a wildfire incident, especially if other principals of defensible space, as recommended by your local fire department, are followed. For more information on Phos-Chek, please visit www.firebreaksystems.com on the “About Us” page.
10. How does Phos-Chek work?
According to the manufacturer of Phos-Chek, the retardant renders woodland fuel sources, such as grass, pine needles and woody material, non-flammable. As heat increases from an approaching fire, Phos-Chek decomposes – giving off water vapor to cool the flames and leaving behind a non-flammable carbon coating. This coating insulates and restricts air flow, virtually starving the fire of fuel.
11. Is Phos-Chek safe?
Phos-Chek’s manufacturer indicates the retardant is very safe and is fully qualified by the USDA Forest Service. However, although Phos-Chek is considered the safest, most effective, and environmentally friendly fire retardant available, North Light is not liable for any damage or harm caused by Phos-Chek or Firebreak.
12. How will I be informed that Firebreak has been to my property?
If Firebreak services your property, they will leave a door hanger providing you with helpful information before leaving the property.
13. Will Phos-Chek stain my house, deck or other structures?
According to the manufacturer, Phos-Chek may have a slight tint when it is dispersed. As Phos-Check is applied, its contents are more than 99% water soluble. An extra component thickens the solution in order to improve its “stickiness” and help it stay in place. After drying, this component might form a film that could increase the difficulty of removing it. Clean-up is easiest when performed as quickly as possible after the wildfire danger has passed.
14. How long will Phos-Check protect my property?
Phos-Check is designed to provide fire retardant protection until it is washed off with a quarter inch or more of rain or sprayed water. Additional information on the easy clean-up process will be included in the door hanger if Firebreak services your property.
15. Will Firebreak or North Light remove Phos-Chek from my property?
Neither North Light nor Firebreak will be responsible for cleaning-up or removing Phos-Chek from your property. If Firebreak uses Phos-Chek on your property, they will provide you with a helpful guide that gives more information on the easy clean-up process.
16. Is it possible to get my property treated before a wildfire occurs?
You may contact Firebreak directly and have a Firebreak spray system installed at your home, or have your property pre-treated by them at your own expense. These types of services are not included with the North Light Wildfire Mitigation Program, which only provides services at the time of an active wildfire.