Harden Your Home


Wildfires can ignite building with flying sparks and embers that get blown inside attics, under houses or on wood shingle roofs; by direct flames that will ignite walls with vegetation growing on them or from debris piles up along the wall; or through radiant heat, that can crack or break windows and embers to blow into the house.

Roof – most vulnerable surface for embers to land

  • Use fire resistant materials on roof
    • Composition
    • Metal
    • Tiles
  • Clean rain gutters and roof of leaf debris regularly
  • Remove branches that hang over roof

Vents and Eves – embers gather under eves or in through vents and ignite combustible materials

  • Close eaves and vents with 1/8” metal screens – keeps embers out of attic
  • Use baffled attic vents

Deck/Balconies – embers collect on or under decks and balconies

  • Enclose underside of decks, balconies and foundation of home- enclose with solid flame resistant sheeting
  • Use non-flammable construction material
  • Use fire resistant decking surface
  • Keep deck clear of combustible items, such as, baskets, debris and dried plants
  • Use fire resistant outdoor furniture

Windows – extreme heat from fire can cause windows to break and allow embers in the house

  • Install double paned window with tempered glass for windows and skylights
  • Seal up gaps in windows and doors, including garage

Exterior Walls – build or remodel with fire resistant materials

  • Cement
  • Brick
  • Stucco
  • Masonry
  • Remove plants that climb up house and under eves

Last updated: April 21, 2015

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