The warm Santa Ana winds triggered a Red Flag warning for San Diego and Southern California last week. With humidity in the 6 – 10 percent range, any fire that sparks has the strong potential spread rapidly.
Because homes in our region are so vulnerable to wildfires, we’ll share ways in this entry that you can fireproof your home.
DESIGN YOUR SITE SO THAT THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM BETWEEN YOUR HOUSE AND THE WOODLANDS.
Ideally, you want at least a hundred feet of distance between your home and the edge of the woodlands. You can use patios, driveways or low-growing fire-resistant plants as barriers.
INSTALL INTERLOCKED ROOFING MATERIALS.
Cracks and openings in Spanish tile roofs are ideal ways for embers to find their way into your attic. For new roofs, go with fire-rated roofing materials that are interlocked tightly and fit over a fire resistant cap sheet.
PROTECT YOUR WINDOWS.
Another weak link in the prevention of the spread of house fires are windows. Radiant heat from the fire alone is usually more than capable of shattering glass into your living room. While double-glazing with tempered glass on the exterior can help, the best solution is a roll-down metal fire door built into the roof that will slide down to cover the window.
REINFORCE YOUR DOORS.
While solid core wood doors are typically rated at 20 minutes of fire protection, the best way to go is with a metal core door.
INSTALL DAMPERS OVER VENTS.
Large vents that are in the attics and basements are essential for our comfort in San Diego, but they need to be protected by fire dampers.
FOR MORE ADVICE ON HOME FIRE SAFETY, CALL J&M KEYSTONE
All too often, our morning headlines are filled with tragic stories of families being displaced because of home fires.
To find out more about how to make your home fire resistant, call us here at J&M Keystone; our number is 800-368-2757.
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