After a drought-busting winter at the end of last year firefighters are predicting a bad fire season due to the increase of brush growth that blanked the mountains and foothills. This combined with the lack of heavy rain in recent month’s means dry hills that are waiting for a small spark to ignite. This is leaving California residents wondering: How do I keep my home safe?
Keeping your home safe consists of a few key steps:
The area surrounding your home is going to be the key factor when a wildfire is burning through. Clearing combustible debris from around the house such as dry grass, brush, and firewood will go a long way. In addition, if you have a wooden fence or deck that expand into brush consider clearing them, giving them a larger clearance space, or replacing them with more fire resistant materials.
Defensible space is the key term. This means clearing out at least 30 feet from your home with concentric rings of fuel reduction set further out. The clearer the area around your room the higher chance there is for a fire crew to be able to protect it.
After you’ve done your prep work it is important to stay vigilant. Ensure that your preparation stays current and that your defensible space is clear. Additionally, keep your home maintained. This means clearing your gutters of fallen leaves and evaluate your roofing materials. Remember, upkeep of these areas could prevent that fatal spark from igniting onto your home.
Despite your best efforts it’s possible that the wildfire is simply too difficult for our brave firefighters to contain. This means evacuating when given the order. However, defense doesn’t stop here. With specialized homeowner insurance policies such as Northlight you can opt-in to receive Phos-Chek home defense at no additional cost. This defense system has a specialized team spray your home with a fire retardant that is the same product used by the United States Fire Service in their air tankers. Even leaving your home behind you can know that you have done everything possible to keep your possessions safe.
Wildfire season is here again. Home Owners are encouraged to learn about this danger and participate in brush clearance and safety preparedness activities in their communities.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Fire prevention is the first defense against disaster. You cannot afford to ignore proper maintenance of your property.
Here are just a few of the things that can put you at increased risk:
Insufficient horizontal spacing in your landscaping plan
Insufficient vertical spacing between ground level plants and taller trees.
Leaves and pine needles clogging the gutters of your roof
Storage of combustible material near your structures
Not enough distance between your home and undeveloped areas.
Wildfires spread faster when the wind is blowing. Hot embers can land on dry material near your home and spark fire on your property.
How to Get Ready for Fire Season
Dry grasses and open spaces put rural residents at greater risk. Dead and dry plants are always ready to light up. They are the perfect tinder for an uncontrolled burn. This makes fire prevention everyone’s job.
Participate in community safety preparedness meetings.
Organize brush clearance for the surrounding region.
Contact a fire safety professional for a free fire zone inspection.
Work with other members of the community to elevate the neighborhood’s readiness.
Free Fire Zone Inspections provides evaluations and consultations to residents living in high risk areas. Ask for your free consultation today.
Brush fires can hit without warning and cause remarkable devastation in a short period of time. Unfortunately, too many homeowners find out after their homes and properties have been destroyed that their insurance coverage does not sufficiently protect them from fire damage. If you are a homeowner who lives in a high fire zone area, do you know what insurance gaps you’re facing if a brush fire hits your home?
Why the California Fair Plan May Not Be Right for You
The California Fair Plan is intended to be used only as a last resort for homeowners who are unsuccessful at obtaining coverage in the voluntary market. Homeowners who unnecessarily rely on the California Fair Plan may have huge gaps in their insurance coverage that they are not fully aware of. If you are close to a brush fire zone and you have coverage through the California Fair Plan, it is time to carefully study your policy and reevaluate your coverage options.
We Offer a Solution
Many insurance brokers do not understand that some insurance companies are willing to insure homes that are close to brush/fire zones, without forcing homeowners into the California Fair Plan. If you would like to learn more about policies that offer more comprehensive coverage without major fire gaps, we invite you to contact Free Fire Zone Inspections and request an inspector to evaluate your home today.