Isn’t it true that it seems like it’s always fire season? Forest fires and dangerously hot temperatures dominate the local, national, and even international news. Once considered an issue confined to a few western states, climate change has introduced fire danger to previously unaffected areas. For homeowners, the increased risk necessitates the use of fire suppression systems. Strategies are no longer optional, and they could mean the difference between survival and loss in the event of a fire.
Fire abatement means taking steps to ensure that firefighters can save your home. This includes creating defensible space around the house and other structures. While no one is suggesting that you remove the wood deck, it does mean making sure that any flammable material is placed as far away from the house as possible.
Stack firewood at least 10 feet away from buildings. Clear dry brush or pine needles on a regular basis. Remove flammable plants entirely; plants that contain oils or are dehydrated during warmer months. For those living in highly high-danger areas, fire-resistant paints and coatings are also an option, and replacing a wood shingle roof with modern materials can prevent embers from igniting in the attic.
Wildfires are becoming more common all over the world. In the US, even traditionally cooler locations are regularly seeing double-digit temperatures in the summer and fall. When working to save homes, firefighters look for homes they believe they can save. By taking a few easy steps, homeowners can make sure their home has a decent chance of little or no damage during a local fire.